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Here we go again. It may not have the same stature as last weekend’s Premier League heavyweight clash, but an FA Cup eliminator will still be just as interesting for both Liverpool and Manchester City.

With both having to deal with Champions League exploits on Wednesday night, there can be no arguments over any team having an advantage due to additional rest and that is another reason why the next chapter of their rivalry will be such an interesting one.

Continue reading for our full match preview and expert football betting tips.

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Draw After 90 Minutes

For those who are still breathless after last Sunday’s frenetic football show at the Etihad, there should be just enough time to recover before this weekend and this clash will have plenty of interest when it comes to betting.

With all the best sites ready to take your wagers, it has given me plenty of opportunities to take a deep dive across the markets and with little to choose between Manchester City and Liverpool, this one may need at least an additional 30 minutes.

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Because just like last weekend in the Premier League, I believe there will be some form of stalemate to start with and if you want to join me in backing the draw after 90 minutes, you can do so at odds of 53/20 (SportNation).
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Manchester City Form, squad news, opinion

With their recent clash against Liverpool being one for the ages, many will be hoping for exactly the same this weekend and with Manchester City feeling like they went some way to winning the battle at the Etihad, they will now look to win the war.

A war that is going to be contested on a number of fronts and although the intensity of the Premier League will be one skirmish, the knockout nature of the FA Cup is also something on City’s agenda.

Especially as they have failed to reach the final in the last two seasons and with their last appearance in the showpiece event coming back in 2019, that would also be the last year in which they won the competition.

A wait that is too long by City and Pep Guardiola’s own standards and although the FA Cup is the least of the Spaniard’s priorities between now and the end of the season, it is something that will be ignored either.

Which is why getting the better of Liverpool will be vitally important on Saturday and after putting the Merseyside men on the ropes last weekend, they will now look to land something that looks like a knockout blow.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the clash with Liverpool, manager Pep Guardiola has no new concerns, and this means that only defender Ruben Dias will be facing a fitness test at the weekend.

Liverpool Form, squad news, opinion

After going toe to toe with Manchester City last Sunday, it is a case of as you were in the race for the Premier League title and with seven rounds of the season remaining, one wonders if Liverpool spurned the biggest opportunity of all.

An opportunity that had they won at the Etihad, would have seen them move clear at the top of the table and after previously being 14-points in the distance, it would have completed quite a turnaround.

A turnaround that was foiled just at the very last and although there is still plenty of room for twists and turns between now and the final day of the league campaign, there is no doubt that Liverpool have the tougher run in.

Of course, league issues are not for Jurgen Klopp to worry about this weekend and although there is no silverware on offer on Saturday, a statement victory could give him and his players a massive boost.

Get the better of their nearest rivals in the FA Cup and it could have a huge impact on what happens in the Premier League. Lost to their nearest rivals and it may just halt their impressive momentum over the past few months.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the clash with Manchester City, manager Jurgen Klopp has no concerns going into the weekend and this means he has a full squad to choose from on Saturday.

History

When it comes to the history of Liverpool and Manchester City, it is the Reds who have come out on top more often than not. While you only have to go back to last week, to get a reminder of how intense their recent rivalry is.

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In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Liverpool have won on 71 occasions, Manchester City 58 and there have been 39 draws

About the Venue

Wembley Stadium opened in 1923 and previously could hold up to anywhere approaching 100,000 spectators. However, the stadium was redeveloped and then reopened in 2007, where it now has a capacity of 89,874 for football events.

Of course, the biggest of those events is the FA Cup final and although some critics suggest that the semi-finals should be played elsewhere, it does at least give supporters an early glimpse of English football’s majestic home.

Conclusion

As we saw last weekend, these two teams are at a level that nobody in England can reach right now and with Liverpool and Manchester City being the best in the land, this fixture is worthy of the FA Cup final itself.

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However, this is just the penultimate step on the road to Wembley and whoever does proceed to May’s showpiece event, will then surely be favourites to go on and win the competition itself.
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