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Liverpool and Manchester City go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon in what should be an entertaining and open game; the Reds will be buoyed on after last week’s result, whilst the visitors need to make up for a Champions League defeat.

Liverpool showed grit and determination to beat misfiring Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last weekend, with goals from Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson giving the Anfield outfit a valuable three points. The win lifts the Merseysiders up to 22 points; Kenny Dalglish’s men are only three points adrift of the top four. Steven Gerrard is still missing for the home side with an ankle injury, but the Reds were boosted by the return to fitness of veteran defender Jamie Carragher last week. This will be a real challenge for Liverpool; Lucas Leiva will need to get to grips with City danger-man David Silva to stop the Spaniard orchestrating events, whilst the home rearguard must be regimented to sniff out opposition attacks. Bwin has the home side at odds of 2.90 to pick up three points.

Manchester City are still undefeated in this year’s Premier League, and sit on top of the pile with a five-point cushion. Roberto Mancini’s men are looking like real title contenders, but will be put under pressure by a confident home side on Sunday. A 2-1 defeat to Napoli in Italy in midweek has the Etihad Stadium outfit’s European chances hanging in the balance, and Roberto Mancini will hope that there are no ill-effects from the defeat. Mario Balotelli is in great form and scored again against his countrymen; he is expected to lead the line for the visitors. Bwin has City as favourites, offering odds of 2.40 for victory.

This will be an interesting fixture and be an eye-opener to see where each side are in achieving their individual aspirations. My Premier League football betting tip is a 1-1 draw, which Bwin puts at odds of 6.25.

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