LIVERPOOL — MANCHESTER CITY
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 7:00 p.m. KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER (ENGLAND). HEAD REFEREE — CRAIG PAWSON (ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND). LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS
The next season of English football will officially begin in Leicester, where in the match for the Super Cup of England you can expect a very heated confrontation between the two flagships of world football. Maybe one day Manchester City will be able to change the situation with constant taunts in his direction regarding the lack of victories in the UEFA Champions League, under the conditions of phenomenal financial expenses, but for now, successfully competing with Liverpool in the “townsmen” is only successful in the domestic arena. City have held the title for two consecutive seasons and have won the competition four times in their last five attempts.
While Josep Guardiola’s side look to dominate the international stage, Jurgen Klopp’s men are trying to get their hands on another Champions League trophy. In the case of confrontations against Real Madrid in recent years, Liverpool have not been doing very well, but the next season will give the “reds” the opportunity to try their luck again in this tournament. The moments when Liverpool dreamed of a sensational quadrupole at the beginning of May have not yet disappeared from memory, but in the end two trophies for the season, the Cup and the English League Cup, were enough for Klopp’s team.
The Reds tried to keep a low profile during this summer’s transfer campaign, but still ended up spending crazy money to sign Benfica Lisbon striker Darwin Nunes. However, Klopp lost Sadio Mane in the process, so in a way we can’t say for sure about the stability of Liverpool’s squad for the upcoming campaign.
In turn, Guardiola has long tried to fight against the lack of a stable scoring forward, so in the end the club agreed to buy him Erling Holland from Borussia Dortmund for 60 million euros. And to round off this amount a bit, midfielder Calvin Phillips from Leeds joined the team for 48.75 million euros. At the same time, Manchester City very significantly cleaned up its own team by sponsoring quality personnel from two London teams, Chelsea and Arsenal, to which Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus went with Oleksandr Zinchenko, respectively.
According to bookmakers, Josep Guardiola’s wards are the favorites for the upcoming confrontation. For example, odds of 2.37 are offered for Manchester City to win, while Liverpool’s potential success is estimated at 3.09. The probability of a draw is represented by a coefficient of 3.72.