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Man City v Liverpool: Cityzens odds against for first time at home since Jan 2017

Guardiola lost eight games at the Etihad between January 2017 and June 2020
Guardiola lost eight games at the Etihad between January 2017 and June 2020

For the first time in 1256 days Manchester City are priced at odds against to win a match at the Etihad Stadium. They host Liverpool this Thursday after the Reds claimed their first top flight title in 30 years last week as City failed to beat Chelsea.

Pep’s side are currently a top price of 11/10 to claim three points with BetVictor with most firms currently offering 21/10. Liverpool are around 9/4 mark for the victory with the draw being able to be backed at 3/1 with Betfred.

Seeing Manchester City priced at bigger than even money got me thinking about when the last time City had not been odds-on to win a home game, and to my amazement you have to go all the way back to 21st January 2017. This was when whey played Spurs in a 2-2 draw with City blowing a 2-0 lead after being priced at 11/10 with both WilliamHill and bet365 to take all three points that day.

The day before Donald Trump had just had his inauguration which, similar to the Etihad at times, was not at full capacity and Ed Sheeran had just made it 13 weeks at number 1 in the charts with ‘Shape of you’.

Cast your minds back to the footballing world and Manchester City had been beaten convincingly 4-0 at Goodison park the week prior to playing Spurs and sat fifth in the table with Spurs second six points behind leaders Chelsea. 

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Since then Manchester City have played 90 games at the Etihad in all competitions excluding friendlies. They have only lost eight of those in that time with Manchester United dishing out the punishment no less than three times in that period to Pep. Three of those defeats also came in the Champions League to Basel, Lyon and Liverpool however, they were all in 2018 and since then City have been unbeaten at home in the competition with the Premier league defeats to Crystal Palace and Wolves in particular leaving punters ‘licking their wounds’.

During that period of almost three and a half years, the biggest City have ever been priced for a home win is 10/11 against Liverpool back in September 2017 where they romped to a 5-0 victory with the correct scoreline priced 80/1 with WilliamHill. On the contrary the shortest we have seen City priced in this period was against Cardiff is 1/20 when the sides met in April 2019 with goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane sealing a 2-0 win.

Fast forward 179 weeks and three days and City are once more priced at odds against for a home fixture and despite Liverpool winning the league with eight games to spare, they are also odds on priced at 4/5 with Betfair in the Premier League Champions betting for next season. 

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