Manchester City vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Liverpool is a fixture that produces goals year in, year out. Often times, meetings between the top Premier League clubs can fail to deliver, however these two always produce an entertaining spectacle.
Eight of the last ten meetings between Man City and Liverpool in all competitions had three or more goals scored, and the over 2.5 goals selection has been a winner in six of the last seven. The latest meeting being a 3-2 win for City in the FA Cup back in December.
Man City are averaging 3.41 goals per game this season, and that’s the highest match goals average in the Premier League. At home, it gets even better. Pep’s City are averaging a massive 4.31 goals per game at the Etihad, with a large 85% of their home matches seeing over 2.5 goals.
Rodri is the enforcer in Man City’s midfield, the one who has to mop up out of possession and make cynical fouls if that’s what he has to do in order to prevent a dangerous situation for their opponents.
Rodri has committed 35 fouls in 26 appearances in the league, no other Man City player has given away more. He’s averaging 1.41 fouls per 90 minutes and will have a decent chance of going in the book on Saturday afternoon.
As previously mentioned, Man City and Liverpool last met in the EFL Cup back in December, Rodri was booked in that game alongside Fabinho who I’ll come onto next. Fabinho put in a rash challenge on the Spaniard who reacted in a manner which resulted in the pair of them entering the referee’s notebook.
Rodri always plays on the edge and he’s often at risk of being booked, granted he does seem to get away with his antics quite regularly. During the international break he flew into Norway’s Martin Odegaard (Convenient), and hopefully we see more of that behaviour.
Lastly, to complete the bet builder treble, I’m backing Liverpool’s holding midfielder Fabinho to pick up a card. And again, both Rodri and Fabinho were booked in the previous meeting between City and Liverpool, so fingers crossed history repeats.
Fabinho has picked up six yellows in 24 league appearances this season. That total is double of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s three yellows in second place.
Fabinho tops another list for Liverpool as he’s committed more fouls than any other player. He’s on 28 fouls given away so far, that’s nine more than Darwin Nunez in second place for the Reds. The Brazilian is averaging 1.50 fouls per 90 minutes.
Fabinho comes into this weekend’s match at the Etihad having been booked in four of his last five Premier League appearances, and it’s worth noting that he’s had a yellow in six of the last seven meetings between Man City and Liverpool – quite the success rate.