Betting: Get Man City 4/1 or Liverpool 6/1 as Champions League race hots up

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The race for third is reaching its climax as the Reds battle to hold off the charge from Pep Guardiola's men, with Paddy Power upping wins for the duo

Manchester City and Liverpool are battling it out to qualify for next season’s Champions League, locked in a race to finish the season in third place.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are fighting tooth and nail for the prize of third place with City, and are aware anything less than a win would allow their rivals for the final automatic Champions League qualification spot to pull level on points.

Paddy Power are weighing in on their crucial matches this season, greatly boosting the price on both to win for new customers. To take advantage of these massive prices, simply register using the links provided, back your pick to win at the usual odds shown on site and if they do so, then your returns will be topped up at the final whistle. Winnings paid in free bets. T&C's apply.

Manchester City 4/1 (5.0) to beat Crystal Palace

Last 1/4 (1.25), Manchester City have been upped to 4/1 (5.0) to see off Crystal Palace. Pep Guardiola’s men look in a good position to pick up their ninth win in 10 games against the London outfit, especially given the Eagles have not netted in their last three tips to the Etihad Stadium.

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The story for Sam Allardyce’s men doesn’t get much better at the back either, last keeping a clean sheet in 1993 and conceding in all 11 of their meetings since. With Sergio Aguero in prolific form, netting in seven of City’s last eight matches in all competitions, the Argentine will certainly fancy his chances striking here again.

City therefore look in a good position to take their unbeaten run against Palace at home to seven games, making odds of 4/1 (5.0) a great way to back the home team for new Paddy Power customers.

Liverpool 6/1 (7.0) to beat Southampton

Last 4/7 (1.57), Liverpool have been upped to 6/1 (7.0) to beat Southampton. Motivation will not be lacking against an underperforming Saints side, hopes of a home win boosted by the Reds having gone four out of their last five games with the outfit from the port city unbeaten.

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Liverpool’s tiring 1-0 win at Watford last time out at least emphasised the fact they have quality all over the pitch, with players ready to step up to ensure they secure their objective of a return to Europe’s premier club competition.

Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho certainly share the goalscoring burden leading the line following Sadio Mane’s injury and the Anfield side can be counted upon to pepper their visitors with shots. Indeed, since Klopp first took charge of Liverpool in October 2015, there have been 208 goals scored in Premier League games involving the Reds - more than any other side.

With their ability to outscore almost any other top-flight outfit, odds of Liverpool picking up another entertaining and crucial win here at 6/1 (7.0) looks top value.

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Manchester City 4/1 (5.0) and Liverpool 6/1 (7.0) to win for new Paddy Power customers