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In the first of our new series, two of our writers go head-to-head with their best football tips for Liverpool v Man City, with the winner being boosted.
In our weekly series, two of our writers debate the best bet for an upcoming match.
This week, Liverpool v Manchester City is the game in focus.
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Salah to score and Liverpool to win
That Salah was substituted while Liverpool were chasing a goal at Chelsea last week is a concern, but a quick look at his underlying data suggests that a flurry of goals is imminent.
Salah ranks third for shots per game in the Premier League so far this season, only bettered by Sergio Aguero – yes, I know – and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Supposing that Mitrovic does not last the distance in that metric, the Egyptian is no worse off than the entirety of his record-breaking 2017/18 season – when he finished second to Kane.
Indeed, so far this season, he is shooting, dribbling and playing key passes at a better rate than last term.
It is a matter of time until the goals follow.
Liverpool were the only team consistently capable of stopping City last season.
Salah scored in all of their three victories over the Premier League champions – including in this league fixture – while he and his side were only halted in the reverse game by a red card to Sadio Mane after a bright start.
Aguero, by the way, has never scored at Anfield. How can you trust him with your money?
Aguero to score and Manchester City to win
Why trust Aguero? Simple: he leads the line for the best attacking side in the Premier League.
City have scored 21 goals in seven games this season – six more than any other side – and Aguero’s tally of five is second only to Eden Hazard this term.
The Argentine has come through a three-game mini-slump to find net in each of his last two, so this is the perfect time to bet on a player who often scores in clusters.
Salah’s substitution while behind against Chelsea can’t be brushed off. It proves that Jurgen Klopp recognises the Egyptian isn’t close to his best.
If he doesn’t have faith in Salah, why should you?
There’s no chance of Aguero being hauled off if City need a goal. The Argentine is, in fact, averaging more shots per game than he has in any other Premier League season.
Liverpool needed a Daniel Sturridge screamer to rescue a point against Chelsea last weekend and their record against City last season, while impressive, doesn’t necessarily suggest that they have the formula to beat Pep Guardiola’s side every time.
The Reds’ 4-3 win in this fixture in January could have gone either way, and the 5-0 win in Manchester for the champions – admittedly against 10 men – was the most convincing victory for either team across the four meetings.
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