It is the last pair of the “16” of the League Cup and the holders of the last 5 trophies are competing: Last year it was won by Liverpool (Chelsea on penalties), the previous 4 series were won by Manchester City (Arsenal in 2018, Chelsea in 2019, Aston Villa in 2020, Tottenham in 2021). Guardiola’s side closed with a defeat before the break. With a shock 2-1 home defeat by Brentford, to be exact, with Tony’s goal in the 98th minute. The team was in control, dominated, but it couldn’t turn the good moments into goals and it paid for it by staying -5 behind the leaders Arsenal.
Liverpool beat Southampton 3-1 in their last game, with two goals from Nunes and one from Firmino, but they have a long way to go in the league. We keep in mind that they have just 22 points in 14 games and are -15 off the top. They haven’t started well in this year’s league and certainly don’t resemble in any way the team that was playing at the top level of performance. Klopp’s side have a lot to fix. It has many ups and downs so far.
This year the two teams have already met twice this season, once in the Community Shield (3-1) and another in the first round of the Premier League, at “Anfield” (1-0), both times with Liverpool winning.
The bet prediction: Obviously, how they will perform after the break is a question mark. We will bet at home and that until the break, Guardiola’s team produced more quality and consistency. It’s a derby, everything is open, but we’re going to play Manchester City at 1.95 (TigersBet).