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Liverpool vs Manchester City Predictions

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Liverpool to Win

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Liverpool 2-1

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Mohamed Salah To Score Anytime

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Liverpool vs Manchester City Predictions

  • Liverpool are expected to name a strong starting XI, Man City may leave a few stars out.
  • Liverpool won the last meeting 3-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals last season.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings between these two sides.

Liverpool and City lock horns in Leicester

The two Premier League title favourites meet in the Community Shield on Saturday as league champions Manchester City take on FA Cup winners Liverpool at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.

On paper this looks like an early opportunity to compare these two title rivals, but in reality it may not offer a great deal of insight into how the fight for the top domestic prize will play out.

City were involved in the Community Shield last season and they lost out 1-0 to Leicester City as boss Pep Guardiola named an experimental starting XI that included youngsters Cole Palmer, Samuel Edozie and backup keeper Zack Steffen.

The Catalan coach will probably adopt a similar approach this year, although Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp might take the game a little more seriously having named a strong line-up in 2020 when they lost out on penalties to Arsenal – although he has confirmed first choice keeper Alisson won’t be involved.

Value lies with Liverpool

Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings between these two sides and there is some appeal in backing goals at both ends, but at what looks a big price a win for Liverpool stands out for our main bet.

Klopp has stressed he sees the game as “very important” as it is “the last domestic cup competition we haven’t won yet”, so I feel he will name a fairly strong side but Guardiola could opt to leave some of his big names out – although the temptation will be there to hand marquee summer recruit Erling Haaland some game time.

The Reds also won the last meeting 3-2 in the FA Cup semi-finals last season and may well have revenge on their mind after just missing out on the league title.

Salah can hit the ground running

Mohamed Salah started against Arsenal in this game in 2020 and the Egyptian is likely to be involved from the off on Saturday.

Salah should be on spot kick duties and is always a contender for an anytime goal so if he does start he stands out as a potential scorer option.

In terms of a correct score bet, a 2-1 win for Liverpool looks to have a chance. These Community Shield games are generally low scoring affairs (each of the last five have gone under 2.5 goals) but as mentioned earlier both teams have scored in the last five clashes between Liverpool and City, so a narrow win for the Merseyside outfit looks a reasonable selection.


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