Manchester City don’t have any room for error against Liverpool tomorrow night. After losing 3-0 the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, they’ve got it all to do.
Letting the lead slip in last weekend’s Manchester derby will have knocked their confidence too.
Task is clear
It’s going to be tough but Pep Guardiola’s side know exactly what they have to do.
If they win by more than three goals to nil, they win the tie. If Liverpool score, then they need to win by four clear goals on the night.
They won this fixture 5-0 in league action earlier this term. It’s 33/1 for them to repeat that scoreline here.
But City have collapsed under pressure from Liverpool and Manchester United in their last two games. It’s going to be hard to keep out the dynamic Reds attack for the whole game.
We go 1/2 for Both Sides to Score.
Time for attackers to stand up
If any side can claw back a three-goal deficit, it’s this City team. They’re packed with attacking talent. But after a season of dazzling displays, this is when they really need to show what they’re about.
They’ll want to burst out of the blocks and score as quickly as possible. An early goal could cause some nerves amongst the Liverpool backline too. It’s 9/2 that the league leaders net in the opening 10 minutes.
It’s all set up for a thriller at the Etihad. If City can keep things tight at the back, they’ve got the firepower to complete one of the great European comebacks.
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