Sheff Utd vs Birmingham City – Match Preview – On the back of one of the most remarkable matches of the season, Sheffield United host relegation-threatened Birmingham City trying to maintain their surprising promotion push.

No one expected Tuesday’s Sheffield United and Fulham clash to produce nine goals, especially with the solid defensive record achieved so far by Chris Wilder’s team, but that’s exactly what happened.

Both Leon Clarke for the Blades and youngster Ryan Sessegnon for The Cottagers scored hat-tricks in a match where United nearly produced an astonishing comeback with two injury time goals, but it was too little too late.

Still, if you had offered most Blades fans 3rd place and just one point away from the automatic promotion places after 18 matches in their first season back in the Championship they would have bitten your hand off. Overall, they have been excellent.

Birmingham gained a much needed victory over Notts Forest midweek Photo Credit: skysports.com

Birmingham City’s latest result and season are completely contrasting to Sheffield United’s, a very poor campaign to date has seen Harry Redknapp relieved of his duties and Steve Cotterill instilled as the man to dig The Blues out of a dire hole.

However, after another poor run of form with no wins in over a month, a much-needed victory over Nottingham Forest at St. Andrews on Tuesday has taken City out of the relegation zone for the first time in a long period.

History says there can be reason for the Blues to be optimistic, as they have only lost to United on five occasions in the last 29 meetings between the sides. In more recent history, Birmingham have beaten the Blades in nine of the last 13 fixtures – with City winning 4-0 the last time they met in the FA Cup in 2012.

Clarke has been in great form, scoring a hattrick midweek against Fulham Photo Credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Leon Clarke has definitively proven any doubters wrong this season, his hat-trick on Tuesday was already his second of the campaign and took his tally to a league-leading 12 strikes. A lethal partnership with fan favourite Billy Sharp has produced a stellar combined total of 20 goals. At age 32, the journeyman striker is enjoying the best form of his career and has been a key component in Sheffield United’s shock challenge at the top of the Championship this year.

Stats
Whilst neither side have conceded an awful amount of goals this season (Sheffield United with 20, Birmingham City with 25) each side has only earned five clean sheets in their 18 and 17 games respectively. However, in the eight games Sheffield United have played at home, they have kept four clean sheets (50%) whilst The Blues have not had a single shutout away from home this year. Add that to City having the division’s worst attacking record of just nine goals so far and the stats suggest that The Blades should have no problems in securing the clean sheet.

Backing The Blades to reach a certain amount of corners could prove fruitful, as they are third in our corner club stats table – only two sides (Millwall and Brentford) have amassed more corner-kicks than the 110 earned by United.

If you’re backing a team to rack up some cards then Sheffield United is your bet – The Blades have picked up 34 bookings this season (the fourth highest in the league) and have had a red card, scoring 3rd highest in the division, total average of 21.5 booking points per game with our club card stats table.

 

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  • BET365 – First Goalscorer – Billy Sharp – 15/4
  • BET365 – Team Total Goals – Sheff Utd Over 2.5 Goals –  5/2

Liverpool vs Chelsea - Match Preview

Liverpool vs Chelsea – Match Preview – Liverpool and Chelsea face off in Premier League action this Saturday evening as the battle for a top four spot continues.

Both sides snatched three points from their previous Premier League outings, with the hosts smashing an out of sorts Southampton side, 3-0. Chelsea also had a convincing victory, turning over West Brom 4-0 in what proved to be Tony Pulis’ last match in charge of the Baggies.

Salah will need to be kept at bay by the Chelsea defence Photo Credit: skysports.com

Jurgen Klopp has come under a lot of scrutiny in recent days due to his sides rather feeble attempt at holding a 3-0 half time lead against Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night. His side are very capable of scoring plenty of goals with talents such as Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah. However, many pundits did warn them that they can’t outscore how many they concede all season, and this is proving true. Liverpool currently sit 5th in the Premier League, having conceded 17 goals in 12 matches; more goals conceded than Southampton (14th), West Brom (17th) and Swansea City (19th).

Chelsea’s attack is capable of having Liverpool on the back foot for much of the game, however their counter attacking strengths could play to their favour. A victory could see the Reds jump into the top four.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Liverpool to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 6/1

Morata has 8 league goals so far this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Chelsea have been a very odd team to watch thus far. Full to the brim with European talent they should be able to beat any of the 19 teams in the Premier League. Currently third, this is proving to be true, however glimpses of that horror 2014/15 season with losses to Crystal Palace domestically and a 3-0 thrashing away to Roma not too long ago in the UEFA Champions League.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has taken no time at all to get used to his surroundings in England. The Spaniard has eight goals and four assists so far this season. Eden Hazard scored two in their last match against West Brom and we all know what the Belgian is capable of.

Skybet Match Result – Chelsea to Win 23/10

Two of the league’s best attacks going head to head, tough one to call.

 

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  • BET365 – To Score at Anytime – Georginio Wijnaldum – 9/2

Southampton vs Everton – Match Preview – Everton will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to three matches when they visit St Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday.

Despite not appointing a manager, the tide appears to be turning at Goodison Park. Four points from their last two games has lifted the club three points clear of the bottom three. After battling back from 2-0 down to earn a dramatic win against Watford, they then followed that up with a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. In that game, Everton showed further resolve as they again twice bounced back from being a goal down to earn themselves a point.

Can Gabbiadini find his goalscoring touch against Everton Photo Credit: skysports.com

Whilst this group of players are still massively underachieving, there seems to be signs of recovery. With a new manager in place and the player’s confidence re-building, there’s no reason why Everton couldn’t have a strong second half of the season. Having notched five times in their last two games, they seem to have re-discovered how to find the net and if they can keep a few clean sheets they could still recover what is left of this campaign.

Everton have begun better under Unsworth and signs point to better things Photo Credit: skysports.com

Southampton found themselves at the mercy of Liverpool as they came undone 3-0 at Anfield. That result condemned Mauricio Pelligrino’s side to just one win in their last seven league games with the Argentinian enjoying a less than ideal start to life in charge on the South Coast. Despite their poor run of form, the Saints still sit one point and two places above their visitors and only two points away from the top-half of the table.

Southampton have won just three out of ten meetings with Everton, since their promotion back to the Premier League in 2012. Their last win came at St Mary’s last season, with the first minute Charlie Austin strike settling the tie. In those last ten meetings, the two sides have managed 21 goals between them, averaging at 2.1 goals a game.

Southampton have been involved in the joint lowest amount of games with over 1.5 goals this season. Only 50% of the Saints games have had two or more goals, whilst Everton are third highest with 83%. They have managed just nine goals in their 12 Premier League games so far, with six of those coming at home.

With that in mind, I think this game is likely to be under 2.5 goals, with Everton trying to tighten up at the back and Southampton struggling to score goals.

 

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Everton

 

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SKYBET: BTTS AND OVER 2.5 GOALS- 7/4

SKYBET: GABBIADINI TO SCORE A BRACE- 7/1

SKYBET: ROONEY AND LONG TO BOTH SCORE- 17/2

BET365: CORRECT SCORE DRAW 1-1- 6/1

BET365: SOUTHAMPTON TO WIN TO NIL- 15/8

Huddersfield vs Man City - Match Preview

Huddersfield vs Man City – Match Preview – Huddersfield will look to become the first team to beat Manchester City this season as Pep Guardiola takes his side to the John Smith’s Stadium.

After yet another victory last weekend, City continue to lead the way in the Premier League title race. Despite their win at Leicester, there were moments when the Foxes did get some joy against the Champions elect. The high pressure they put on City can be something that Huddersfield can take aspiration from.

Ince could have some success against the City defence Photo Credit: skysports.com

Last time out, Huddersfield found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-0 thumping by Bournemouth. This came after Bournemouth were down to ten men for 40 minutes of the second half. David Wagner will be pleased to get his side back home, with the Terriers winning their last home match 2-1 against Manchester United.

Home form has been key for Town, with them losing just one game at the John Smith’s Stadium against Tottenham. They have collected 11 of their 15 points this season in front of their own fans and it could be key as they look to secure a second consecutive season in the Premier League.

For City, they will be without John Stones for the match in West Yorkshire. Stones has been one of the best defenders in the league this season and his absence will be a huge loss to them. They did, however, welcome back Captain Vincent Kompany against Leicester City which will be of huge help to Guardiola.

Sterling has been in great form for City so far this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

With Manchester City being by far and away the highest scorers in the league, expect this game to have goals. The Citizens have scored 13 more than anyone else in the league and it has been a key part of their brilliant displays this year. Huddersfield have also conceded 17 goals this season, the 14th highest in the division.

City have managed to score two or more goals in ten of their 12 games so far this campaign, the division’s highest percentage at 83. Similarly, in eight of their 12 games, there has been over 2.5 goals, which is the joint highest at 66%.

Whilst many may feel this could be a potential banana skin for Guardiola’s side, I don’t think it will be. The way City are playing at the moment they are irrepressible, and it will be interesting to see if any side can stop them this season.

 

Prediction: Huddersfield 0-2 Manchester City

 

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SKYBET: CITY TO WIN BY THREE GOALS OR MORE GOALS- 11/8

BET365: CORRECT SCORE CITY TO WIN 2-0- 11/2

BET365: ANYTIME GOALSCORER- NICOLAS OTAMENDI- 15/2

West Ham vs Leicester City - Match Preview

West Ham vs Leicester City – Match Preview – David Moyes will be hoping for his first win as West Ham manager as they host Leicester at the Olympic Stadium this Friday evening.

After losing 2-0 to Watford in his first game in charge, Moyes will be hoping for the perfect start at home. Whilst the Hammers ultimately lost again at the weekend, there were definite positives to take. With the score at 1-0, they hit the woodwork and Moyes will know the game could have gone a different way.

Defensively, West Ham have got to improve. They have the leakiest backline in the whole league and with the players available to them, they should be doing much better. Against Watford, they were better than they have been, but both goals came from lapses in concentration at critical points of the game. If Moyes wants to keep them up, he’s going to have to find a way to shake these underperforming players into shape or face another relegation on his CV.

Can Lanzini and his team mates gain a much needed home win against Leicester Photo Credit: skysports.com

Claude Puel has made a solid start to life as manager at the King Power Stadium. The Frenchman has won, drawn and lost one in his first three games in charge. Their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City at the weekend was an admirable one, with the Foxes battling hard against Pep Guardiola’s team. Had Vincent Kompany seen red rather than yellow for his tackle after three minutes on Jamie Vardy, it could have been a different game.

Vardy will be hoping to trouble the West Ham defence this Friday Photo Credit: skysports.com

Coming into this game, Moyes will be hoping to galvanise the West Ham faithful to try and spur his team to victory. There will almost certainly be goals in this one, given the two clubs have conceded a combined 43 goals. This season ten of the 12 games West Ham have been involved in has had over 1.5 goals. That total is the sixth highest at 83%. The visitors’ have an even higher ratio, with 11 of their 12 games having over 1.5 goals (91%).

When looking at cards, I wouldn’t expect a huge amount of booking points. Referee Martin Atkinson has given the fourth lowest average amount of yellow cards this season. Similarly, Atkinson’s overall booking point average is only 26.4, which leaves him 13/18th. That being said, he may have to use his notebook more than normal. West Ham have averaged the highest amount of bookings this season (2.3) than any other club. Leicester, however, have the third best average at just 1.1.

A good bet for me would be BTTS and 30+ match booking points. If you can find a well-priced RAB that runs along those lines, it could be a money maker.

 

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Leicester

 

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SKYBET: TOTAL GOALS EXACTLY THREE- 3/1

SKYBET: LEICESTER TO WIN 1-0, 2-0 OR 2-1- 11/4

BET365: CORRECT SCORE LEICESTER TO WIN 2-1- 10/1

BET365: CORRECT SCORE DRAW 1-1- 11/2

BET365: FIRST GOALSCORER – JAMIE VARDY- 4/1

FC Basel vs Manchester United - Champions League Preview

Basel vs Manchester United – Champions League Preview – Manchester United can seal qualification into the knockout stages of the Champions League and win the group with just a point away to FC Basel in Switzerland.

With a 100% record of four wins from four matches so far, Jose Mourinho’s side have put themselves in the most commanding of positions in Group A – FC Basel and CSKA Moscow are the nearest challengers with six points with just two games remaining.

The Red Devils go into this game hot after returning from the international break with a dominant performance on the weekend against Newcastle United, winning 4-1 after going a goal behind with Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and the returning Paul Pogba all getting on the scoresheet.

The other game in this group sees CSKA Moscow take on the disappointing, pointless Benfica – as the Russians and FC Basel battle it out for the inevitable last remaining qualification spot.

The Swiss champions have proven themselves to be stern opposition in this year’s Champions League – most notably with an astonishing 5-0 victory over Portuguese champions Benfica. The 2-0 win in Russia against CSKA was also impressive.

Raphael Wicky’s team are unbeaten in eight league matches but find themselves in 2nd place – already eight points behind the runaway leaders Young Boys. With the high expectations at the club, especially domestically, this could mean that an impressive showing in Europe has the potential to define FCB’s season.

The reverse fixture this term saw a comfortable 3-0 win for The Red Devils, but the 20-time English champions will be keen to rectify the result the last time they came to St. Jakob-Park – where FC Basel came away with the points in a game that finished in a 2-1 reverse for United. It seems very unlikely such a result will be repeated, as Mourinho’s side are resolute and show little sign of complacency.

A United win with a clean sheet is very possible, as they top our clean sheet club stats table with the most shutouts in the Premier League this season – a huge total of eight in 12 matches in fact and with clean sheets in 50% of their league away matches.

Pogba and Ibrahimovic could feature against Basel Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News

The game against Newcastle would have been particularly pleasing for Jose Mourinho, as it saw the return of key man Paul Pogba to the starting line-up. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also made a surprising premature come-back from knee ligament damage to get 15 minutes of action. Marcos Rojo also made it on to the bench, and all three are likely to feature again.
Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick are all doubts after missing the 4-1 victory, however.

The Referee

The match will be officiated by Daniele Orsato, in his first Manchester United game since 2012 where FC Cluj shocked the world by beating United 1-0.
Expect yellow cards – the Italian referee has given out a massive 23 of them in his last three games.

Stats

On our club card stats, United only average 15 card points per game, 13th  in the Premier League. To put it into context, Mourinho’s team have only been awarded 18 yellow cards this term at a rate of 1.5 per match compared to West Ham who have garnered 28 yellow cards and two red cards and earned themselves an average of 27.5 cards points per match.

A more accurate bet could be placed on United obtaining corners, the red of Manchester top our club corner stats table for corners awarded – no side topping their 84 so far this season at a very high average of 7.0 per game.

 

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FC Koln vs Arsenal - Europa League Preview

FC Koln vs Arsenal – Europa League Preview – Arsenal face a trip to Germany in the Europa League as they take on FC Koln on Thursday night.

The Gunners currently sit top of Group H and need just a point from their last two games to seal top spot. Arsenal are unbeaten so far in this year’s competition and have only dropped points in one game this season. When Arsenal faced Koln at the Emirates earlier in the campaign, they ran out 3-1 winners. In a game marred by crowd trouble, goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin turned the game on its head. Koln could take some solace from the match, having led for 40 minutes after John Cordoba gave the visitors the lead. Arsenal did end up taking maximum points to start open their campaign in style.

Many people (including myself) were surprised at the weekend as Arsenal beat Tottenham 2-0. That win was the Gunners first over Spurs in six games and the first time Wenger had defeated Pochettino since he took charge at the club. Goals from Shkodran Mustafi and a rejuvenated Alexis Sanchez gave the home side the spoils.

Arsenal celebrate Mustafi’s goal over Spurs on the weekend Photo Credit: skysports.com

Sanchez has been out of sorts this season following the collapse of his deadline day transfer to Manchester City. The Chilean has only managed three goals in 15 appearances in all competitions. Compare this to the last two years where he’d managed seven and eight goals after the same number of games. On Saturday he looked back to his tenacious, brilliant best. He got back to doing the things we all associate with him, harrying defenders, creating chances and most importantly, scoring goals.

FC Koln have struggled in the Europa League and currently sit bottom of Group H, picking up just one win from their four games. In the Bundesliga, they have also struggled as they sit rooted to the bottom the league with two points from a possible 36. It’s clear that this game can’t be high on their list of priorities as they face a real battle to preserve their top-flight status for another year.

So far in the competition, the Gunners have won both away games, scoring five goals. In 12 of Arsenal’s games so far this season they have had over 2.5 goals (58%), which is the fourth highest in the league. They have also managed to score two or more goals in seven games (58%) which is the third highest in the league.

Given their dominance in the competition, I think they’ll come away with the result on Thursday. Given the stats and their overall dominance in the competitions so far, I think over 2.5 goals is worth a bet.

 

Prediction: Koln 0-3 Arsenal

 

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SKYBET: SANCHEZ AND WELBECK TO BOTH SCORE- 11/2

BET365: ARSENAL TO WIN TO NIL- 15/4

BET365: ARSENAL OVER 2.5 TOTAL GOALS- 9/2

Qarabag vs Chelsea – Champions League Preview – Chelsea take a trip to Azerbaijan to face Qarabag knowing a win would see them through into the knock-out rounds of the Champions League.

Antonio Conte’s side sit on seven points following their first four games, four points clear of Atletico Madrid. With Madrid knowing they can still qualify if they win their next two games, Chelsea could do with sealing their fate before they meet in the last group game. If Madrid were to take something from their game against Roma next it would also open the door for Chelsea to leap the Italian side into top spot.

Chelsea recorded back to back wins at the weekend with a 4-0 demolition of West Brom. Eden Hazard grabbed himself a brace whilst there were further goals from Marcos Alonso and Alvaro Morata. Hazard’s two strikes were only his second and third goals in the league this season, with many hoping the Belgian can re-discover his form that led Chelsea to the title last season. Whilst Hazard has struggled with injuries this year, he hasn’t been his brilliant best, with many pointing to his similar dip in form after Chelsea won the league in 2015/16.

Hazard looks back to his best after scoring a brace on the weekend Photo Credit: skysports.com

There’s no doubt when fit Hazard is one of, if not the best, players in the Premier League. If Chelsea can get the Belgian back on song it will really make them a force to be reckoned with. Another bonus for the Blues was Morata getting himself on the scoresheet again. After going six games without a goal, the Spaniard now has two goals in his last two games. Filling the shoes of Diego Costa was never going to be an easy task but it’s one that Morata has faced up too, with ten goals in all competitions this season.

When these two sides met earlier in the campaign Chelsea smashed Qarabag 6-0. Having earned respectable results again Atletico in their last two games, this won’t be the same game as it was back in September.

Away from home in the league this season, Chelsea have scored more than 2+ goals on four occasions (66%). With that and their previous score lines in mind, I would expect them to score at least two on Wednesday night. In all but one of their Champions League game so far, they have scored at least two goals, showing they are consistently finding the net. My bet for Wednesday would either be Chelsea to win to nil, or Chelsea to score 2+ goals. Whilst I don’t think it will end 6-0 again, I do think Conte’s team will run out comfortable winners.

 

Prediction: Qarabag 0-3 Chelsea

 

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SKYBET: HAZARD AND PEDRO TO BOTH SCORE- 11/2

SKYBET: CHELSEA TO SCORE 2+ FIRST HALFGOALS- 5/2

BET365: CHELSEA TO WIN TO NIL- 1/1

BET365: MORATA TO SCORE FIRST- 5/2

Ipswich vs Sheffield Wednesday – Match Preview – Sheffield Wednesday will be looking for their third win in four games as they face a trip to Portman Road to face Ipswich.

After back to back wins before the international break, the Owls were held to a goalless draw at the weekend against high-flying Bristol City. On the face of it, not a bad point as Carlos Carvalhal’s men look to close the gap between themselves and the play-off places.

Wednesday have been buoyed by the recent return to form of Jordan Rhodes. The former Middlesbrough and Blackburn striker joined the Owls on loan last January before making his move to S6 permanent for a club record fee. Since his arrival in Sheffield, Rhodes had struggled to re-discover the form that made him one of the Championship’s most feared strikers. Rhodes has now scored two goals in his last three games including the deciding goal in the club’s well-earned 2-1 win at Villa Park against Aston Villa.

Rhodes has scored 2 goals in his last three games for the Owls Photo Crdit: owlstalk.co.uk

With Wednesday now sat in tenth just two points behind the play-off places, they are starting to build momentum ahead of another push for promotion. Having finished sixth and fourth in their last two seasons, it’s fair to say there is definitely more to come from this team.

Ipswich sit just one point and place above their visitors as they prepare for Wednesday’s match. They recorded a 2-2 draw against fellow Yorkshire side Hull City, grabbing an equaliser in the 88th minute to snatch a point. That result means the Tractor boys have lost just one of their last five matches.

Waghorn has scored 8 goals so far this season for Ipswich Photo Credit: skysports.com

Ipswich hold a fantastic record against their visitors, losing just one of their last nine games. Wednesday did, however, win this fixture last season with Kieran Lee grabbing a late winner. In the last six games between the two clubs, there has been 14 goals, averaging just over two goals a game. In each of those last six meetings, the game has been separated by one goal or less in every single one.

Ipswich have been involved in games with over 1.5 goals in 13 (81%) of their games this season, whilst Wednesday have been involved in 13 as well (76%). With those stats in mind, I think over 1.5 goals would be a fair shout, with both sides capable of finding the net.

The referee for Wednesday’s game is Keith Stroud. Stroud has given the third highest amount of yellow cards this season, averaging at 4.6 a game. With Ipswich having collected the fifth highest number of cards in the division this season, booking points might certainly be something to look at as well.

 

Prediction: Ipswich 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

 

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SKYBET: WEDNESDAY TO WIN FROM BEHIND- 12/1

BET365: WEDNESDAY TO WIN TO NIL10/3

BET365: FIRST GOALSCORER- JORDAN RHODES – 11/2

 

Sevilla vs Liverpool - Champions League Preview

Sevilla vs Liverpool – Champions League Preview – Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side are back in European action this Tuesday night. They travel to Sevilla who are currently one point behind them in Group E of the UEFA Champions League.

The last time these two met earlier in the season was at Anfield where it just wasn’t to be for the Reds who missed a penalty at the end of the first half to take a 3-1 lead. The score line ended up 2-2, leaving many Liverpool fans frustrated as they often have been so far in this Champions League campaign. Will history repeat itself? Both sides are capable of goals.

Skybet Correct Score – 2-2 – 10/1

Ben Yedder will be a threat again as he was in the reverse fixture Photo Credit: skysports.com

The hosts have enjoyed a relatively stable start to their domestic campaign, sitting in 5th place in La Liga, two points behind Real Madrid. Their most recent outing saw them overcome a Celta Vigo side that took an early lead. Goals from Luis Muriel and ex-Manchester City winger Nolito helped Sevilla fend off a dangerous Celta Vigo side. The Spaniards have a large arsenal of potent attackers amongst their ranks with the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder, Luis Muriel, Nolito, Pablo Sarabia and Jesus Navas. These players are all capable of causing the often-shaky Liverpool defence a lot of problems. Can Sevilla leapfrog Liverpool in Group E?

Skybet Match Result – Sevilla to Win – 17/10

Salah has been in great form for Liverpool leading the goalscoring charts for the Reds Photo Credit: skysports.com

Liverpool will travel to Spain in high spirits as they have enjoyed much success in their recent showings. They have won their past four matches in all competitions by a three-goal margin, with their attack causing a constant threat. Having pushed aside Huddersfield, Maribor, West Ham and most recently Southampton, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be looking to continue their red-hot form on Spanish soil. The sheer pace of the two wide men ahead of the creative touches of Coutinho and Georginio Wijnaldum will be the key asset that Sevilla will look to silence.

In typical Liverpool fashion however, their defence has shown no signs of tightening up despite only conceding once in four matches. Sevilla provide a much larger problem than their other recent competitors and Jurgen Klopp hasn’t had much luck against this Sevilla side before. Should be a cracker.

Skybet Correct Score Group Betting – Liverpool to win 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 13/2

 

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