Manchester City vs. Liverpool Betting Odds, Match Prediction, Preview

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 03:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles for the ball with Javi Garcia of Manchester City during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on February 3, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool looks to vault back to the top of the English Premier league table Thursday, but it faces a tough task against Manchester City.

Arsenal drew even atop the league standings with a draw against Chelsea Monday, and Liverpool is an underdog at most sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark to move ahead.

As of Tuesday, Manchester City was posted at -133 with Liverpool at +333 and a draw line at +300.

Four of the top scorers in the EPL would be featured in this match if not for injury. Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero are both sidelined.

Manchester City is in second place in the EPL, just one point behind Liverpool and Arsenal, and they are in top form. They have not lost in their last nine matches, and their offense has been on fire.

They have scored 10 goals in their last two EPL matches and have scored the most goals in the league.

The Reds’ offense has also been playing well with 17 goals in their four-match winning streak. However, their defense may be key in this big encounter at Etihad Stadium.

Man City is 8-0 at home this season, and their offense has been a beast on their pitch. They are averaging 4.4 goals at home on the season.

While City’s offense has been explosive, the same cannot be said about their defense. They have given up six goals in their last two matches and have conceded the most out of any club in the top five in the league.

The most dangerous player in the world right now is Luis Suarez. He leads the EPL in goals by a wide margin, and he missed several matches because of a suspension.

When Liverpool began their four-match win streak, he scored four goals. In his last three, the Uruguay star, whose national team is a 25-1 long shot to win the 2014 World Cup, has scored two in each.

City’s Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure have combined for 22 goals this season and are always a tough duo to stop. Aguero however is out til the end of January and won't be a factor in this one.

The Reds’ defense has conceded just three goals in their last four matches.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has missed some time nursing a hamstring injury, but Jordan Henderson has been stellar in in his absence and will likely get the start against City.

Prediction: 2-2 (with two more goals from Suarez)