As Christmas is looming and the first half of the season in EPL is almost done, all the eyes are on Liverpool and Manchester City, the two teams that appear to be destined to finish 1 and 2 on this season’s table.
The Manchester side victoriously broke into the season and looked invincible until Chelsea finally ended their undefeated run, leaving Liverpool as the only side without a defeat after 16 games. Both teams have done an impressive job so far, accumulating 42 and 41 points respectively.
Until Manchester City’s slip last weekend, most would have bet that they would take home the title. For now, we can’t discount Liverpool, whose incredible defence crew has managed to only concede 6 goals in 16 games and gained an undeniable advantage.
We’ve taken a look at all the statistics to find out how two teams compare and what the odds for them to take home the renowned trophy.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool: Who Has the Edge?
Both Manchester City and Liverpool have opened the season in an impressive way, accumulating more points than most teams have done in many years in the opening 16 matches of the season. At this point, Liverpool sits at the top of the table with 42, while Citizens are just one point behind. The gap between them and Tottenham in third is already five points, so other teams simply don’t look like they have chances to win the title this season.
City’s attacking power is without competition, as the Manchester outfit has scored 45 goals so far, almost 3 per game. This impressive number comes courtesy of the fact that midfielders and attackers alike have been scoring left and right, with the likes of Mahrez and David Silva scoring 5 each as well as Sterling and Aguero both putting their names on the scoring sheet 8 times.
The team has also performed admirably in defence, having conceded only 9 goals in 16 matches. Two of those nine came in their only defeat of the season against Chelsea, which was their biggest slip of the year.
On the other hand, Liverpool has the best defence of the league, with only 6 goals conceded and an impressive run of games without a ball in their net, much thanks to the incredible performances of Virgil Van Dijk, whose presence in the box is irreplaceable.
The Reds will also be happy to see their start man Salah back on top, as he scored a hat-trick in this weekend’s 0:4 win over Bournemouth. Overall speaking, Liverpool looks as consistent and impressive as ever and the scales appear to be tipping in their favour ever so slightly.
Can Liverpool Finally Do It?
Liverpool’s last First Division title came back in 1990, a few years before the current Premier League was founded in 1993. Liverpool has never won the competition despite coming close several years, but the Reds have never looked more threatening than this year either.
The impressive unbeaten run of 16 games with only 6 points dropped in total certainly shows that they have what it takes to go all the way, despite most experts anticipating Manchester City to take home silverware when the season was just starting.
There is no doubt that Liverpool still has a long way to go before they claim the title, and the derby match at Anfield against Mourinho’s Manchester United is expected to be a decisive one. While the competition will be fierce all the way, no team in the Premier League wants the title more than Liverpool right now. They certainly look good enough to finally bring the trophy into their locker room when all is said and done.
Bonus: How to Bet on Liverpool
Despite sitting in the first place and looking as good as ever, the bookies are not favouring Liverpool to win the league. This is exactly why placing a bet on their victory at this point could be a good idea, as you stand to win £2.5 for every £1 invested.
You can place your bets with any of the renowned bookies, but make sure the one you choose offers but make sure the one you choose offers the best possible odds. Remember that Liverpool dropping points will only increase the price that the bookies are offering, so placing a bet after they lose points could end up being even more profitable if they do lift the trophy at the end of the season.
However, thoroughly think if you can afford the loss, as there is no 100% guarantee of the Liverpool’s victory. If you can’t, it’s better to restrain from betting at all.
Caution: If you’re new to betting, don’t confuse it with casino gambling. Inexperienced enthusiasts may treat these activities in the same way. But in fact, there is a crucial difference between them you need to know before placing your first bet.
Odds in casino games are always the same, while the betting odds we provide in this article may change with time and vary on different websites.
For example, if you make a straight up bet in roulette, the chances to win are always 1/37. But if we say that there is 4/1 for Liverpool to win Premier League, these odds are relevant only for today. The outcome of the next matches may either reinforce the team’s position or tip the scales in favour of another team, so the odds might change drastically.
Liverpool is sitting pretty at the top of the EPL but the bookies appear to concur that Manchester City will eventually win the trophy. Salah and the company continue to defy the odds and score goal after goal, as Van Dijk and his colleagues keep the net nearly intact.
Even though Liverpool have never won the Premier League, the Reds are looking stronger than ever. The 2018-19 season could be the one when Liverpool finally restore some of their old glory and win the trophy that has been eluding them for nearly three decades.