Avast me beauties! Jolly Brendan Rodgers is captaining the good ship Liverpool up the Mersey towards Champions League football, and now’s your chance to jump on board. The Reds are unbeaten in the league since December 13, and have a swashbuckling Premier League record against Manchester City at Anfield. Manuel Pellegrini’s side go into Sunday’s game with just two wins from eight in all competitions, and this pirate-themed infographic suggests there is only one team you should be backing this weekend. Arrrrr.
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As our handy design work shows, Liverpool’s home league record against Manchester City is remarkably good. Even in recent years when City have been more focused on the Premier League title than top flight survival, the Reds have had the advantage. Notably with last season’s 3-2 victory courtesy of Phillipe Coutinho’s winner, and the 3-0 win in 2011 when Andy Carroll helped himself to a brace. In fact, the only time Man City have won a Premier League game at Anfield was in the 2002/03 season when Nicolas Anelka’s double cancelled out Milan Baros’ opener. That season Liverpool finished four places and 13 points above City, and Busted were number one. How different the world was…
Liverpool are 15/8 to pick up all three points on Sunday and continue their recent good tend against Man City, although if you’re looking for a touch more value it might be worth having a nibble on Liverpool-Liverpool in the half-time/full-time market at 7/2. In those 17 clashes with City at Anfield, Liverpool have led at half-time and full-time in 35 per cent of them, and this season they have been ahead at the oranges in 54 per cent of their league wins.
There is some cold hard cash behind this logic as well. The number-crunchers in Paddy Power have got the abacus out and revealed the following figures for Liverpool and Man City…
- You’d currently be up £35.20 if you stuck £10 on Liverpool in each game in the last three months (since November 29). That’s a 25 per cent profit
- Manchester City’s profit and loss in the same time is just £1.40 – less than 2 per cent of a profit
- On that evidence there is a clear form side, and Liverpool are the team providing some bang for your buck in recent weeks
While we’re on the hunt for golden treasure, it makes sense to back the Jolly Rodgers. Arrrr.