Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool are inching towards becoming a real threat again – but it needs more than that for them to get anything out of their trip to the Etihad.
Despite that prognosis, it’s important to remember that Liverpool have been in pretty decent form in the Premier League and have lost just two of their last seven encounters.
However, the thing that should really be giving them cause for optimism is their recent record in front of goal.
Luis Suarez has continued his brilliant form and the arrival of Daniel Sturridge (who is looking something of a bargain after critics initially thought Rodgers paid over the odds) has given them even more impetus in the final third.
You have to go back 11 Premier League games to find the last time the Reds failed to find the net in 90 minutes and they can be backed at 2/5 to score over 0.5 goals in the game.
The partnership will find the City defence their toughest test yet though.
Roberto Mancini’s men haven’t conceded a goal in any of their previous six games in all competitions and boast the best defence in the Premier League.
With that in mind, backing the Citizens to win to nil at 12/5 looks a pretty tasty price – especially considering Liverpool’s dire record against teams above them in the league.
While the Reds have dispatched the likes of Wigan, QPR and Norwich with consummate ease, they have yet to pick up a single win against any of the big boys.
In their eight games against teams who were above them at the start of Saturday they haven’t even haven’t managed to keep a single clean sheet.
City should win this one and backing the straight win at 17/20 looks a pretty decent price considering they’ve won each of their last two Premier League home games against the Reds 3-0.