As two attacking teams meet in a crucial top of the table showdown at Anfield on Sunday, Al Hain-Cole examines the big names hoping to fire their teams to the title
In a game featuring a number of match-winners, Premier League top scorer Luis Suarez is bet365's 15/4 (4.75) favourite to open the scoring, with slender 10/11 (1.91) odds available on him hitting his 30th goal of the season.
|Odds from bet365
|Suarez to score anytime||10/11|
|Aguero/Sturridge to score anytime||11/10|
|Negredo/Dzeko to score anytime||7/4|
|Toure to score anytime||11/5|
|Gerrard to score anytime||5/2|
|Suarez to score first||15/4|
While Suarez and Sturridge's position as the league's deadliest strike force is currently well established, it was not so long ago that Manchester City's Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo were receiving all the plaudits.
Although injury has disrupted Aguero's season, Manuel Pellegrini insists that the diminutive Argentine is in "perfect" condition for the trip to Anfield - bad news for the home defence.
Having scored 14 goals in 13 league games prior to his hamstring injury, the 25-year-old is well worth backing at 11/10 (2.10) to hit the ground running with a goal on his timely return to action.
However, a barren spell of 14 club games without a goal means Negredo hardly inspires at 7/4 (2.75) to find the net against a goalkeeper he beat back in December, with Edin Dzeko offering better value at that price after four goals in his last four.
Yaya Toure has done more than anyone to fill the void left by Aguero's absence and is a tempting proposition at 11/5 (3.20) to hit a seventh in seven league games in another high-profile fixture, having scored against Arsenal, Tottenham, Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final and in both Manchester derbies this season.
When it comes to the big occasion, though, few are more reliable than Steven Gerrard, who is currently enjoying the second-most prolific season of an illustrious career with 13 Premier League goals to his name.
With 10 of those coming via penalties, the England captain would relish the opportunity that Rickie Lambert enjoyed from the spot against City last time out and offers solid value at 5/2 (3.50) to grab a seventh career goal against these opponents with his ninth in 11 games.
|Aguero to score anytime for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365
||Gerrard to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 5/2 (3.50) with bet365
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