Manchester City vs Liverpool: Guardiola side to miss the FA Cup finals

FA Cup. England. Semifinals
Stadium: Wembley (London)
Referee: Michael Oliver
16.04.2022, 10:30 EST / 07:30 PST
Manchester City vs Liverpool Prediction, Betting Tips and Odds | April 16, 2022

The English soccer giants Man City and Liverpool are set to face each other just a few days after their Champions League quarterfinal battles. Now the main rivals in the English Premier League title race will clash at Wembley for only one FA Cup finale spot available to them.

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Manchester City are unbeaten for the last 10 matches and Josep Guardiola side is looking forward to extending this series. The team is leading the table of the English Premier League and has recently qualified to semifinals of the Champions league. Although progress in the main European soccer tournament adds moral boost to Manchester City players, they also had to spend a lot of efforts in their mid-week match against Atlético de Madrid, so stamina can be an issue.

The Reds are on their 7-match unbeaten strike following a 0:1 Champions League defeat to Inter Milan in the beginning of March. That’s the only one time Liverpool has lost in 2022, and their results in England Premier League have actually allowed the Jurgen Klopp side to almost level their Manchester City opponents in the title race. Some of the regular starters for Liverpool have missed their mid-week match against Benfica, so their fresh legs might be a helpful addition to the FA Cup semifinal match.

Pep Guardiola side dominates head to head matches history with Liverpool, leading with 2 wins and 3 draws for the last 5 clashes. But all of these games were played in English Premier League, and the upcoming result of the English FA Cup can be different.

DateTournamentMatchResult
10.04.2022English Premier LeagueMan City – Liverpool2:2
03.10.2021English Premier LeagueLiverpool – Man City2:2
07.02.2021English Premier LeagueLiverpool – Man City1:4
08.11.2020English Premier LeagueMan City – Liverpool1:1
02.07.2020English Premier LeagueMan City – Liverpool4:0

Even though both teams reach this stage of the season with quite equal results, more rest and stamina for key Liverpool players before the match can make a huge difference. A drop of stamina for any of the opponents in the second half might also bring good opportunities for scoring. Also the opponents scored at least 3 goals in 8 of their 10 last face-offs and 4 of their 5 last matches featured 4 or more goals, so we can expect some scoring in their battle here. The game can also be very emotional, so some yellow cards might be shown by the referee to calm down the players.

  • Full-time result: Liverpool (+175)
  • Goals over: 2.5 (-138)
  • Number of cards over: 4.5 (-120)

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