Goals to flow at expectant Anfield

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Liverpool can get the better of Manchester City at Anfield on Wednesday but Pep Guardiola’s side still look the likelier outfit to eventually reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

There should be plenty of goals in the first leg of the quarter-final as it will be played between the two highest-scoring teams in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s team know that they have already beaten City this season, 4-3 in January, and the Reds have an excellent recent record against the current Premier League leaders on home soil, having won the last five encounters between the two teams at Anfield.

A Liverpool victory on Wednesday can be backed at 2/1 while the odds on there being more than 3.5 goals in the first leg are 33/20.

However, City beat Liverpool 5-0 in Manchester and will be confident that they will be able to overturn any deficit in the second leg later this month.

Klopp’s side will need to keep City’s strikers quiet in the first leg and a clean sheet for Liverpool can be backed at 3/1.

In Wednesday’s other quarter-final first leg clash Barcelona, 5/2 to win the Champions League outright, can extend their excellent recent home record in the competition when they take on Roma.

Barca have won 21 and drawn two of their last 23 Champions League matches at Camp Nou and are 14/5 to win on Wednesday by a two-goal margin.

Roma were fortunate to knock Shakhtar Donetsk out in the last round and are third in Serie A. They are expected to adopt a negative approach to Wednesday’s match so Barcelona may have to be patient before coming out on top.

Barcelona are available at 11/5 to score over 3.5 goals in the game while they can be backed at 10/13 to score in both halves.