Manchester City-Liverpool Betting Preview: Expect fireworks in the opening 45 minutes

After both sides recorded victories in their opening ICC matches, our tipster is backing a quick start as Manuel Pellegrini's men and Brendan Rodgers' side meet in New York
Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the title on the final day of the Premier League last season and the two sides meet two and a half months on in the International Champions Cup.

Man City kicked off the competition in style, thrashing AC Milan, who are looking to bounce back from a woeful season in Serie A.

Manuel Pellegrini's men scored four within the opening 25 minutes to wrap up the match. It was an impressive display from City who eventually won 5-1 to record their third straight win this pre-season.

The only defeat this summer came against Dundee, when a side missing a number of big players were soundly beaten. bet365 price them at 10/11 (1.91) to beat Liverpool.

The Merseysiders have had a mixed pre-season so far, winning last time out against Olympiakos 1-0, but losing to Roma and Brondby in previous matches. Their side against Olympiakos was the first time a full strength squad was available after the return of their World Cup players. bet365 price them at 11/4 (3.75) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at a similar price of 13/5 (3.60).

Despite City looking slick so far out on their American tour, it's tough to back them with a number of players still to return to the squad from the World Cup and injury.

With over 2.5 goals at 3/5 (1.60), it's worth avoiding this price which is too short to touch.

However, you can expect goals in this friendly, with the 5/4 (2.25) price of over 1.5 first-half goals tempting with bet365. This bet would have easily landed in City's two matches in America, with three goals being scored against Sporting KC and four being netted against AC Milan in the opening 45 minutes.

Over 1.5 first half goals at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365

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