We go from the FA Cup to the Carling Cup this week, just days after Liverpool knocked Oldham out of the FA Cup and Man Utd knocked Man City out of the same competition Liverpool and Man City go head to head at Eastlands for a place in the Carling Cup Final. Wednesday’s match will be the First Leg of the Semi Final and it is a game in which Man City are the favourites to get a result.
Man City fans may be surprised about what price they are to win the first leg at Eastlands, they have won every home game in the league this season and only went down narrowly against Man Utd in the FA Cup despite playing most the game with ten men. Evens is the price on a home win and you wouldn’t have got that a couple of months ago but two losses and a draw from their last four games shows they have had a slight dip in form. Liverpool are twice the odds that Man City are, you can get 3/1 on the away side with most bookies whilst the draw is deemed a more likely result than an away win at 12/5. There are also odds available on which of the two sides makes it through to the final, Man City are the favourites at 8/11 with Liverpool priced up at 13/10 to reach the final.
Liverpool have really struggled to score at Eastlands in recent years, in fact they haven’t scored in five of the last six matches on Man City’s home turf. A very narrow loss for Liverpool such as a 1-0 wouldn’t be the worst result though and based on previous results a bet on Man City to win this game to nil might not be the worst insurance against Liverpool losing, Man City are 12/5 to win this to nil and with Luis Suarez currently suspended it could be a good money spinner.
Liverpool’s last two matches at Eastlands have both ended with 3-0 defeats and the same result again would probably end any hopes Liverpool have of getting through to the final. Insurance against that result is going to reward punters with odds of 18/1 should history repeat itself once again. When Liverpool last won at this venue the score was 3-2 and anyone backing that scoreline again can get huge odds of 40/1 if they shop around whilst Liverpool’s last win against Premiership opposition came courtesy of a 3-1 scoreline and that outcome is also available at 40/1 for this match.
Steven Gerrard, since his return from injury, has been providing Liverpool with something they have lacked this season – goals. The England midfielder scored against Newcastle and Oldham and is available at a massive 10/1 to score the first goal of this match and 7/2 to score a goal at anytime. Man City have plenty of attacking talent capable of scoring but none more so than Sergio Aguero, the Premiership’s top scorer is a 5/1 chance to score the first goal of the game and 11/8 to net at any point in the match.
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