Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Champions League Betting Tips
Get our tips for Liverpool's crucial final Champions League group game. …Read More
After years of relative disappointment, Premier League clubs have acquitted themselves very well in the Champions League so far this season. There’s a hell of a long way to go before the final at in Kiev but the early signs are good for English football with Man City and Tottenham having already qualified for the knockout stages.
The other three English sides can similarly navigate out of the group stage after matchday five. In Liverpool’s case, that means beating Sevilla at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Jurgen Klopp’s team are feeling good following their comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton on their return from the international break but they know just how difficult it is to beat Sevilla after the two sides played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in matchday one.
Sevilla 8/5 (Sportingbet)
Liverpool 19/10 (Bet365)
Draw 13/5 (Boylesports)
The game at Anfield back in September was only the second time that Liverpool and Sevilla had faced each other. Their previous meeting came in the 2016 Europa League final, when the Spanish side came from behind to win the competition for the third time in a row. That loss cost Jurgen Klopp the chance to win silverware in his first season in charge at Liverpool and he’s not come anywhere near as close since.
Klopp is an incredibly popular figure among the Liverpool fanbase but this is a club traditionally used to winning silverware. There are enough question marks about Liverpool under Klopp for the former Dortmund manager to be under a certain amount of pressure to take the team to that fabled ‘next level’.
Sevilla’s incredible recent record in Europe means a certain amount of pressure on the shoulders of Eduardo Berizzo also. It’s not been completely plain sailing this season but the Argentine is doing well and Sevilla sit fifth in La Liga. Like Liverpool, Sevilla can also qualify out of Group E with a win on Tuesday night and the bookies believe they’re the most likely winners, making them the favourites at a best price of 8/5 with Sportingbet.
Although Liverpool were very impressive in their two wins over Maribor, Sevilla at the Sánchez Pizjuán is a different proposition altogether. Sevilla have only been beaten once in their last 25 home games and that was by Barcelona. With all due respect to Liverpool’s attacking players, they’re not quite at the level of Barcelona and we think Sevilla will prove too much for Klopp’s side.
Draw 1-1 @ 6/1 (Ladbrokes)
Sevilla 2-1 @ 9/1 (Bet365)
Liverpool 2-1 @ 9/1 (Betfred)
Sevilla 1-0 @ 10/1 (Ladbrokes)
Liverpool 1-0 @ 11/1 (Paddy Power)
Draw 2-2 @ 12/1 (William Hill)
If Sevilla are going to beat Liverpool they’ll need to be at their best in front of goal. They showed their attacking quality at Anfield but 14 goals from 12 league games represents only a modest return. They also have to be much better in defence than they were when losing 5-1 away to Spartak Moscow. Liverpool are far too dangerous for Sevilla to plan on keeping a clean sheet so expect plenty of chances at both ends of the pitch.
From a betting perspective, you could take the 2/1 that William Hill are quoting on over 3.5 goals. Or, if you fancy taking a greater risk for a bigger reward, the Sevilla 3-2 correct score could be worth a small stakes bet at odds of 18/1 with Bet365.
Wissam Ben Yedder 9/2 (William Hill)
Luis Muriel 9/2 (William Hill)
Daniel Sturridge 11/2 (William Hill)
Roberto Firmino 11/2 (William Hill)
Mohamed Salah 11/2 (William Hill)
Sadio Mane 13/2 (William Hill)
Nolito 7/1 (William Hill)
Philippe Coutinho 15/2 (William Hill)
It’s a good thing we’re expecting goals in this one as there are some very tempting options in the First Goalscorer market from both teams. If you’re looking for Liverpool players to back, it might just make sense to wait for the team news. Jurgen Klopp has a plethora of world class attacking options to choose from and he may decide to rotate a little bit to keep his players fit and fresh.
It remains to be seen whether or not Daniel Sturridge will get the nod to start or if Roberto Firmino will start up front but there’s no doubt that Wissam Ben Yedder will be on the pitch from the off for Sevilla.
The Frenchman netted against Liverpool at Anfield and showed just how clinical he in in front of goal by bagging a hat-trick against Group E’s whipping boys, Maribor. Ben Yedder has saved his best football for the Champions League so far and looks the best bet to open the scoring at 9/2 with William Hill.
Sevilla to win at 8/5 with Sportingbet
Wissam Ben Yedder to score first at 9/2 with Sportingbet