Football League Cup Quarterfinal: Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction and Odds
Kickoff for the EFL League Cup Quarterfinal Round on Thursday, December 22 at 3:00pm ET at the Etihad is set for Manchester City vs. Liverpool.
The Citizens advanced to this round by beating Chelsea in the third round of the EFL Cup, while the Reds overcame Derby County in a penalty shootout.
In this article, we take a look at the EFL Cup odds, provide some insight into the matchup between Manchester City and Liverpool, and provide some choices, analysis, and club news.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Odds
At -104, the oddsmakers consider Man City to be heavy favorites, giving them a 51% chance of victory. Liverpool are the first underdogs in a long time, sitting at +280 with an indicated chance of 26%. The odds of a draw at the end of 90 minutes are +270, which corresponds to an implied chance of 27%.
Over/Under and Spread
Under 2.5 goals has been favored by barstool gamblers at +140, while over 2.5 is at -177.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Preview
City has lately made the EFL Cup their main focus, winning it five times in the previous nine seasons, including four straight from 2018 to 2021. Typically, this has been a trophy-laden time under Pep Guardiola, but this year might be different.
Given the added strain of the World Cup break and the fact that City is presently in second position in the EPL, five points behind Arsenal, a splintered lineup is expected to face Liverpool, with some players still waiting to reemerge from international service in Qatar.
Haaland and De Bruyne Leading the Charge
Guardiola only played one friendly over the break, a 2-0 victory against Girona in which Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne scored. Most of his team had been abroad on international duty.
Those two superstars will spearhead City’s attack against Liverpool, with the remainder of the team consisting of benchwarmers and young talent from City’s prestigious academy.
Last year, City was eliminated from the EFL Cup by West Ham in the fourth round after a penalty shootout.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Head-to-Head Stats
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Penalty Success for Reds
Last year, Liverpool took advantage of Man City’s early withdrawal to go to the final. The match versus Chelsea was one of the closest ever, and the final score was 11-10 in favor of the former.
The Reds advanced to this match by surviving another penalty shootout, this time against Derby County. With this victory, the Reds improved to 3–0 before the World Cup break. Those Liverpool players who didn’t travel to Qatar played in the Dubai Super Cup, where they were defeated 4-1 by AC Milan and defeated Lyon by a score of 3-1.
Salah the Hero Back in October
The two teams have already played once this season, in the middle of October, with Mo Salah scoring the game-winning goal in the second half. Tomorrow night’s matchup will feature two drastically different lineups than what each side normally fields due to injuries, but the stakes are still high.
Jurgen Klopp will expect a strong showing from his team and will view this as another opportunity to dampen Guardiola’s trophy aspirations in what is already a massive rivalry.
Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction
Even though City is the pregame favorite, Liverpool has a better chance of playing their best players. So, with the value being with a City win within of 90 minutes, given the importance of experience in World Cup Betting Online.