A Miracle Could Happen At The Etihad
Manchester City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad in September and they could fall short of that margin of victory and still win their Champions League quarter-final tie. Liverpool scored three goals in the first 31 minutes of the first leg at Anfield but the start of the match could have been affected by the City players’ journey to the ground. Their performance in the first half was untypical and now they need a miracle in the second leg. An early goal could change the context and reduce the current odds of MANCHESTER CITY to qualify for the next round at 9/2 with bet365.
City have scored at least three goals in 12 of their 23 fixtures at home this season. Statistically they are even money to find the net three times or more against Liverpool tonight but an away goal could change the dynamic. Liverpool are a good counter-attacking team and if they score City needs five goals to win the tie. Pep Guardiola says his players could be mentally scared from losing the Manchester derby with United from two goals in front. However, Liverpool generally score away from home but this occasion is a totally different kettle of fish. The tie goes to extra-time if CITY WIN 3-0 and that outcome is 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
Roma also have to overturn a three goal deficit at home to Barcelona in the Champions League last eight tonight. They lost the first leg 4-1 so in this case 3-0 would suffice to progress on away goals. If City win 3-0 that is not enough because they failed to score at Anfield. Roma have failed to win seven of their last 11 Champions League fixtures at home. Without an early goal for Roma the game could peter out and you can back the DRAW at 10/3 with William Hill.
Today’s racing is more about quantity than quality with three jumps meetings and two fixtures on the All-Weather including Dundalk in Ireland. It’s the calm before the storm of the Grand National meeting at Aintree from Thursday to Saturday. You know it’s an ordinary day when the highlight is a handicap chase at Hereford (4.15) that offers a winner’s prize of just over £7,300. CLOUDY BOB is the form pick and the horse is on offer at 5/4 with Betfair.