It’s not even been a week since we last saw these two powerhouses of English football battle it out at the Etihad for a stronghold on the Premier League title race. For the second time this season, that encounter ended 2-2, with City maintaining their one-point lead over their challengers.
There was some exceptional, free flowing football at times and a combination of some potent attacking quality with some questionable defensive displays made for enthralling viewing.
We wouldn’t expect anything less this weekend either. Both sides have since qualified for the Champions League quarter finals this week, and despite playing 0-0 and 3-3 draws on Wednesday night, the results will feel like victories and confidence will be high heading into this.
In terms of recent domestic cup pedigree, there’s no doubt that City have the edge. While Liverpool have already claimed the League Cup this season, ending Pep Guardiola’s side’s four year stronghold on the competition, they haven’t been as formidable in this one.
Indeed, prior to this season, Liverpool had just a W6-D4-L6 record in the FA Cup under Jurgen Klopp, not managing to win successive matches at any point in that run, and while this season they’ve managed to make it four wins from four, beating the likes of Shrewsbury Town, Cardiff, Norwich and Nottingham Forest doesn’t really set the pulses racing, and this encounter will be far more of a challenge.
Man City To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
This is Man City’s fifth FA Cup semi-final in six years, though for all their ability, they’ve only managed to convert one of those into a final appearance, and a defeat here would be a third semi-final exit in a row for Guardiola’s charges, which will only serve as motivation.
As much as neither manager would like to mention it at the risk of getting ahead of themselves, but the treble is still very much on for City, while Liverpool are gunning for an unprecedented quadruple, and this competition is obviously crucial in that.
The Reds haven’t beaten City sine 2019, winning just one of the last nine meetings. While there have been numerous draws in that time, City do seem to have the edge, with bog chances going amiss for them in a lot of those outings, including the most recent. With this match needing a result, we can’t look past the Citizens.
More often than not, there are goals when these sides meet. Both meetings so far this season have seen over 3.5 goals land, while that’s also true of five of the last six meetings.
Despite both side’s dominance over football in recent years, they’re yet to face each other outside regular league games since their dramatic Champions League tie back in 2018 (excluding the community shield), and with this being knockout football, there’s even more of an incentive to attack.
The only reason to back a low scoring affair would be that these sides are due one, though it’s incredibly hard to envisage with the attacking talent, while Liverpool have been known to leave gaps at the back, which their six goal midweek encounter would support.
MAN CITY TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
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