As far as televised Premier League Sunday games go, this one between Liverpool and Manchester City gives our friends over at Sky Sports a chance to break new ground in the hamming-up stakes.
Of course there is good reason for their montage compilers to run amok; there is the small matter of a Premier League title on the line after all.
Whatever the outcome of this intriguing title shootout at Anfield, City’s current odds of 8/11 and Liverpool’s price of 7/4 for English football’s greatest prizeare guaranteed to change after the final whistle.
And judging by the way we have divvied up the best talent from each of the playing squads on offer, it looks as if City’s will be the price which remains odds-on.
In break from the norm (as befits a game of this magnitude) we’ll start the team rundown from the front, which is no easy task given Liverpool lead the top-flight scoring charts with a cool 90 and City are just behind on 84 goals.
Although the likes of Alvaro Negredo, Edin Dzeko and Raheem Sterling would all walk into many a side, we felt there were only three players worthy to make it in up front.
‘SAS’ aka Luis Suarez (29) and Daniel Sturridge (20) had to be included for forming the most prolific Reds partnership in 50 years, leaving City’s own goal-machine Sergio Aguero to join them.
Having missed out on a wide berth, silky City schemer David Silva gets the nod at number 10 over Philippe Coutinho who can count himself a little hard done by, but Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas also have gripes.
Silva’s central role also does Fernandinho out of a place in the engine room where Yaya Toure partners Steven Gerrard in one of the classiest pairings we’ve ever assembled.
However, everyone is aware that it’s at the back where Liverpool’s weakness lies and for this reason only the lack of alternatives to Martin Demichelis, prevents a full City back five.
Then again, Martin Skrtel’s six league goals make the shirt-grabbing Slovakian a merited selection also.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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