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League Cup: Liverpool vs Manchester City preview

Kickoff: Sunday, 28 February @16:30 GMT

Venue: Wembley Stadium (London)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Manchester City vs Liverpool 1-4 (2015/16 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Manchester City 2-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Manchester City vs Liverpool 3-1 (2014/15 Premier League)
Liverpool vs Manchester City 3-2 (2014/15 International Cup)
Liverpool vs Manchester City 3-2 (2013/14 Premier League)

Liverpool vs Manchester City prediction

League Cup final at Wembley is bringing a marquee match between the two Premier League rivals that are eager to win their first trophy of the season and claim silverware that could kick start their respective campaigns.

Klopp’s first

Sunday match will be Jurgen Klopp’s first final and first chance to win the trophy with his new team. The German tactician has said it plenty of time this season that every competition his team are involved in will be taken quite seriously and that Reds will aim to win it all they can. Sitting eighth in the Premier League, Liverpool turn their focus to alternative competitions looking for trophies and their European ticket. Reds are coming off from a 1-0 aggregate win over Augsburg in the Europa League knockouts and this competitions hold huge significance as winners will be promoted to the UEFA Champions League and Klopp is planning to fight until the end. Asked to comment his team’s lack of goals the German tactician said they were saving them for the finals. Reds have beaten Stoke City 2-1 on aggregate to reach the Wembley final match and they will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games in a row against Manchester City.

Liverpool are still struggling with a number of injuries and will be without Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Joe Allan, Kevin Stewart and Adam Lallana for the upcoming fixture.

Pellegrini’s last

Manuel Pellegrini is in charge of his final months at Manchester City and the Chilean wants to go in the blaze of glory. Sitting fourth in the Premier League standings, with six points short of the leaders Leicester City, Pellegrini’s men are still hoping for the trophy, but will turn their attention to the Champions League as Chilean has vowed to make his mark in the competition this season. It will be difficult, but Manchester City have put a great performance in Ukraine and their 3-1 first-leg win gives them optimism ahead of the rematch in Manchester. League Cup final could still be Pellegrini’s last chance to win a trophy with his team and he is sure to try and win it. It must be noted that Manchester City have lost three games on the bounce before their Champions League success, but Pellegrini has willingly sacrificed the FA Cup match against Chelsea in order to rest his first-team players. Citizens will be motivated to make their impression and Pellegrini will reinstate much of his first-team stars for the Sunday duel.

Willy Caballero will be given a chance in the final, but City will be without Samir Nasri, Kevin De Bruyne, Wilfried Bony, Jesus Navas and Fabian Delph, who are confirmed absentees. Eliaquim Mangala is a doubt, while Aleksandar Kolarov is suspended.

Quick Facts

  • Liverpool kept the clean sheet in last three matches in all competitions
  • Manchester City lost 3 of their last 5 games
  • Liverpool beat City on last two occasions
  • There have been over 3 goals in last five matches between two teams
  • Jurgen Klopp is playing his first final as Liverpool manager

Liverpool vs Manchester City betting tip

Wembley is enough of a motivation for both clubs to give their best performances on the pitch. Liverpool and Manchester City both want to kick start their campaigns with a trophy and this is a tough game to predict. All in all, goals are the safest option to go by.

Tip: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.87 (20/23) @BetVictor

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