Man City v Liverpool: 2-2 draw a stone-cold certainty at Etihad

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Sky Sports had to wait until just their second instalment of Monday Night Football to have the chance to wax lyrical about a big game in the Premier League, with Manchester City and Liverpool the vehicle for their hyperbole.

Having both enjoyed winning starts to their campaigns last week, last year’s champions and runners up will be looking to gain an early advantage in the title race. The high-scoring draw that’s most likely to happen will certainly not disappoint either manager or the entertainment pushers at BSkyB.

Here’s our best bets for the match:

Game to be drawn 2-2 – 14/1

Of the last six clashes between these two in all competitions, a high-scoring stalemate has been the outcome on four occasions.

The most recent of these encounters, the pre-season friendly the pair played out in America, suggests the two are still reasonably close in ability. The attacking prowess on show for both clubs should ensure there’s enough firepower available for another 2-2 finish.

Over 2.5 goals – 2/3

As there’s been so many 2-2 draws in recent Man City and Liverpool battles, over 2.5 goals has been the punters friend in these games.

Even the matches that don’t end 2-2 tend to be goal-heavy though, with the other two in the aforementioned sample of six ending 2-1 and 3-2.

Both teams to score – 8/13

Of the last nine matches where these two have opposed each other, the goalkeeper of both sides has had to pick the ball out of his own net seven times.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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