Liverpool v Manchester City latest odds, news and free bets

Kenny Dalglish was furious with his Liverpool team on Saturday night, with the Reds failing to turn up at the Reebok Stadium and deservedly being beaten 3-1 by a hungrier Bolton Wanderers team

After the match, Dalglish accused his players of betraying the history of the club, although the Scot will be a happier man on Wednesday if the Merseyside outfit finish the job and book their place in the Carling Cup final.

Liverpool were comfortable 1-0 winners at Eastlands a fortnight ago which saw the visitors score an early penalty before padding out the defence and denying City any clear-cut goalscoring chances.

It was a solid display from the Reds, although they will surely not choose to sit on their one goal lead at Anfield, even if the Premier League leaders will be going all out to overturn their one goal deficit.

The bookmakers are happy to offer odds of 13/8 (bet365 £200 free bets) about another Liverpool victory, something that is hard to see happening based on their first leg advantage.

There is also the small matter of the Reds only winning four of their ten home matches in the Premier League, with the latest draw coming against Stoke where Pool struggled to create chances while they miss the attacking prowess of Luis Suarez.

Manchester City look a tasty bet at 9/5 (William Hill free bet) to claim victory at Anfield, although Roberto Mancini will be missing the suspended pair of Vincent Kompany and Mario Balotelli.

Kompany serves the final match of a four-game ban, while Balotelli starts his suspension after the FA charged him with violent conduct on Monday. Even so, City don’t have a game this coming weekend and we should expect a strong team lining up for this match.

Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero will lead the line for the Citizens and the pair can be backed at 7/1 and 6/1 respectively with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock against Liverpool, with the dangerous David Silva on offer at 9/1.

Although the match odds suggest this could be a close encounter, the bookies are confident that it will be Liverpool lining up against Championship opposition at Wembley next month, with a best price 4/9 (Victor Chandler) that Dalglish returns to a stadium where he has already enjoyed success as the Reds manager.

City are a 2/1 chance to reach the first domestic cup final of the season, although Stefan Savic is proving to be something of a liability in the absence of Kompany and it won’t be lost on the Liverpool management staff.

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