With the football season fast approaching its final run-in, the match which attracts the most attention this weekend will be one of the two Sunday afternoon clashes, when Liverpool see rivals Man City travel to Anfield in what could well prove a crucial 90 minutes for both sides’ aspirations this season. Throughout the campaign, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that a top four finish was the primary target for his club, but as the games come and go and the season races towards its conclusion the Merseysiders remain right up there in the mix at the top – and the former Swansea boss seemed to have finally acknowledged their chances of finally adding to their 18 English championships when he stated his belief that Team GB Psychiatrist Steve Peters – one of Rodgers’ first appointments at Anfield – has turned them from a former top club contenders into title hopefuls once again.
Man City, however, will have other ideas. They are the only club to have featured in the third tier of English football during the Premier League era to go on to win the big one, and became only the fifth club to lift the trophy introduced to football fans in Blighty in the 1992-93 season, with their local rivals Man United having dominated the competition ever since. Manager Manuel Pellegrini, who only arrived in the role summer 2013, is hoping to mark his first year in English football by taking the crown away from Old Trafford, and will know this is arguably one of the most important games of the season.
Looking at the league table, Man City sit third, four points behind Liverpool but with two games in hand, but the presence of this fixture means the onus basically will remain with whoever can triumph in the north west on Sunday afternoon, if indeed a clear winner emerges. The draw would favour Man City, as the initiative would move over to them, but at the time of writing it is Liverpool’s title to lose – if they can win all their remaining games – including this one – they will end their 24 year wait for a return to the summit of English football.
The same could, of course, be said of Man City, and should the draw prove the ultimate outcome then they would remain four behind with two games in hand. It would put added pressure on them of course, in that they could not afford one single slip-up without presenting the Reds the opportunity to get back into it, but the same could be said of Liverpool – even if they were to win, that could result in only a single point lead if Man City can capitalise on their remaining games. It really is an intriguing situation, and this result is paramount to everyone involved at either club.
Rodgers’ men are favourites, especially given their host status, and the best bet on them can be found at 6/4 with Paddy Power, while City sit 19/10 with Bet365. The draw is 27/10, again with Bet365, so there appears to be little to decide between them in the bookmakers’ eyes. The draw would likely add the most suspense, so why not get on that?
Elsewhere, the other club involved in the title run-in, Chelsea, also feature on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Swansea, and their odds of 5/6 with William Hill reflect their chances of taking the three points – go for a Blues win.
Other results see Southampton 1/2 with Paddy Power to overcome Cardiff at St. Mary’s, Everton stand at 5/6 with Bet365 to pile the misery on struggling Sunderland and West Brom are a cheeky 11/5 with Bet Victor to upset Tottenham at the Hawthorns.
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