The top two sides in the Premier League last season meet at the Etihad Stadium, with Hugh Wilson taking a look at who could be the difference between the two teamsAll the headlines this week in Merseyside have been about Mario Balotelli returning to the Premier League, with Liverpool seemingly set to complete the signing of their man from Milan for £16 million. Unfortunately for Reds fans and the majority of neutrals, Balotelli won't complete his transfer in time to face his old side Manchester City this evening.
Despite this, Liverpool do have a number of options going forward, looking to replace the goals Luis Suarez scored last season. Daniel Sturridge, who netted 21 league goals last season, opened up his league account on the opening game week, scoring the winner against Southampton.
Sturridge, a former Man City striker, scored at the Etihad the season before last in a 2-2 draw. Unibet price him at 11/2 (6.50) to score first tonight, with the same firm offering him at 37/19 (2.95) to net anytime.
Raheem Sterling scored Liverpool's first goal of the season last week, which followed up a handful of goals in pre-season, including against City in America. Sterling really came to life in the second half of last season for the Reds and looked impressive last week. With nine league goals to his name last season, he certainly knows where the goal is. Unibet price him at 15/2 (8.50) to score first and 56/19 (3.95) to net anytime.
Sergio Aguero came off the bench last week against Newcastle to score Manchester City's second goal. The Argentinian looked back to full fitness and is likely to play a major role this evening. He is favourite with Unibet to net first, priced at 18/5 (4.60) and 16/13 (2.23) to score anytime.
David Silva scored first last week and is 17/2 (9.50) with Unibet to repeat that feat. The Spanish international also netted when the two sides met at Anfield, but with only seven league goals last season, the price of 7/2 (4.50) that he nets anytime doesn't appeal as much as others.
A price that stands out in this market is Philippe Coutinho to score anytime at 11/2 (6.50) with Unibet. The Brazilian really came of age last season, improving vastly to be involved in a number of Liverpool goals.
Coutinho netted against Borussia Dortmund in pre-season, and with two goals in his last two league games against Manchester City, he certainly enjoys playing against the Champions. The price is worthing backing for him to make it a hatrick against City. For those that fancy a longer shot, the price of 13/1 (14.00) with Unibet that he opens the scoring is tempting.
|Philippe Coutinho to net anytime at 11/2 (6.50) for a 1pts stake with Unibet
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