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Man City v Liverpool betting tips: Wembley thriller on cards in FA Cup semi-final

| 15.04.2022

Man City v Liverpool betting tips and odds

The second instalment of the Manchester City-Liverpool blockbuster will be on our screens this weekend and if the FA Cup semi-final is anything like last week’s Premier League encounter it should receive another Oscar.

Last weekend, the teams played out a pulsating 2-2 draw for the second time this season and Saturday’s game to go to extra time is available at 5/2.

It promises to be another classic between two teams that qualified for the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, so let’s discuss some of the talking points in our Man City v Liverpool betting tips.

Man City v Liverpool form

Liverpool’s 10-game winning run in the Premier League came to an end last weekend, but Jurgen Klopp revealed afterwards that this was the one game they could afford to draw, an outcome that remains a possibility for Saturday’s showdown at Wembley.

The Reds have now drawn all five matches against City and third-placed Chelsea this season, three of which finished 2-2 which is available at 10/1.

Only one of those games ended goalless, the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, the first leg of Liverpool’s bid to complete the quadruple which has now dropped to 12/1 from 18/1 with Bayern Munich’s exit from the Champions League confirmed on Tuesday night.

The Merseysiders are just a point behind the champions in the Premier League table so there seems very little to choose between the teams, but Klopp’s attitude towards the FA Cup differs greatly from that of counterpart Pep Guardiola and it remains to be seen whether that mind-set prevails this weekend.

Klopp has fielded a heavy mixture of fringe players with senior stars throughout the tournament and started with Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott and Robert Firmino for the 1-0 quarter-final win at Nottingham Forest where Mo Salah and Sadio Mane were not even on the bench.

Guardiola, on the other hand, had Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Rodri, Joao Cancelo, Aymeric Laporte, John Stones and Kyle Walker in the starting XI for the 4-1 win at Southampton, although Zack Steffen started in goal as he has done for all but one of the rounds.

Salah and Mane both came on in the second half of Wednesday’s 3-3  draw with Benfica as Klopp made seven changes to the side that played at the Etihad at the weekend, with Saturday’s rematch in mind.

Guardiola could not afford to ring the changes for the bruising goalless draw against Atletico Madrid where Kevin De Bruyne and Kyle Walker both went off injured and Phil Foden played most of the game with a bandaged head.

It makes for another fascinating contest and one which looks tough to call, so another draw and goals at both ends may be the way to go once again at 3/1.

Backing both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is 20/23, while the same market with at least four goals is 7/4 in our Man City v Liverpool betting tips,

Man City v Liverpool head to head

The Merseysiders have failed to win any of the last five meetings with City, who are 5/4 favourites to win inside 90 minutes, while their opponents are priced at 2/1.

With three of those matches ending all square it may pay dividends to look at the extra time and penalties markets in our Man City v Liverpool betting tips.

City are 10/1 and Liverpool 12/1 to win during the supplementary half an hour, while both teams are 11/1 to pull through on penalties as the Reds did against Chelsea at the same venue seven weeks ago.

Three of the last four duels between these heavyweights were level at the break which is 23/20, while it’s 29/10 on both teams to score in the opening 45 minutes, which occurred in two of those games.

City have also scored inside the first 10 minutes in three of their past four Premier League matches, including last weekend, and are 13/2 to do so again, or 5/1 to be leading after a quarter of an hour.

Man City v Liverpool team news

De Bruyne and Kyle Walker are major doubts and were unable to participate as City held a training session at
Millwall’s The Den on Friday having travelled straight to London following their European exertions.

Manager Pep Guardiola confirmed playmaker De Bruyne had required stitches in a foot wound while Walker had suffered a twisted ankle.

One player who was able to train on Friday was defender Ruben Dias, who was an unused substitute in midweek having been out since the start of March with a thigh injury.

Klopp is confident Diogo Jota will be fit after coming off with a knock just before the hour mark on Wednesday. Salah and Mane will return to the starting line-up having been rested in midweek.

Goalscorer odds

Mane and De Bruyne are the players that stand out in the goalscorer markets having found the net in both Premier League meetings this season.

De Bruyne is 5/1 to break the deadlock as he did last Sunday and in three of his last four appearances, and he can be backed at 9/5 in the anytime market, although he is doubtful.

Senegal attacker Mane got the ball rolling at Anfield and is 7/1 to repeat the trick, while he is 5/2 to get on the scoresheet.

Salah scored in both of last season’s encounters and is 9/2 and 13/8 in the two markets, while Gabriel Jesus is 15/2 and 11/4 having scored City’s second last weekend and the equaliser against Liverpool at the Etihad last season.

Jota is enjoying a purple patch and can be backed at 11/2 and 15/8, while Raheem Sterling, who was denied a goal by a tight offside decision on Sunday, is 11/2 and 21/10 in our Man City v Liverpool betting tips.

Match info

Where: Wembley Stadium

When: 15:30, Saturday 16th April

How to watch: BBC 1

View the latest Premier League odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Author

Warren Barner