Its sure to be a frenetic 90mins in Manchester as two of the form sides clash at the Etihad, and with a busy Boxing Day fixture list, punters are jumping on Paddy Power’s refund offer, the firm reported today.
Manchester City are considered slight 4/5 favourites to beat Liverpool by Paddy Power as two of the top title contenders clash in a huge Boxing Day fixture.
Both Manchester City and Liverpool are firmly in the title race this season and both sides know that their festive game could have massive ramifications on the race to be champions in May.
Manchester City have been particularly destructive at home this season and this could be the form that can raise Manuel Pellegrini’s side from 3rd in the league to top spot should results go their way.
However, City will know that they will have to get the job done without stat striker Sergio Aguero as the Argentinean will be out for several weeks with an injury sustained in the 6-3 win against Arsenal.
After publicly acknowledging their roles in the 4-2 win against Fulham on Saturday, it’s likely that Pellegrini could hand starts to both James Milner and Jesus Navas whilst Joe Hart is also expected to start in favour of Costel Pantilimon on Boxing Day.
Many City fans will be quietly confident going into the game knowing that they boast the best home record out of any side in the Premier League with the 6-3 of Arsenal providing a stark reminder of what the former champions are capable of.
It means that Liverpool are going to have to tread carefully on Thursday evening as The Reds find themselves top of the table at Christmas having reclaimed the top spot over the weekend for the first time since September.
For Brendan Rogers, the idea will to see which of his defensive players are in the best form as Mamadou Sakho’s impressive performances could make him a strong candidate to start alongside either Dan Agger or Martin Skrtel.
With Steven Gerrard still absent, Jordan Henderson is likely to retain his place in the centre of midfield as promising youngster Jon Flanagan will continue to deputise at left-back for the injured Jose Enrique.
Although much has been stated about Man City’s firepower, Liverpool have been scoring freely too in recent matches having scored 14 goals in their last three games whilst striker Luis Suarez has netted himself 17 goals in his first 11 games.
Both sides possess the ability to pick each other apart meaning that whoever scores the first goal at The Etihad Stadium could potentially put themselves on the path to becoming champions of the Premier League.