Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Champions League Betting Tips
Get our tips for Liverpool's crucial final Champions League group game. …Read More
When Roberto Firmino scored to put Liverpool 3-0 up against Sevilla it looked for all the world as though the Reds would cruise into the round of 16 with a game to spare. And then disaster struck. By throwing away their three goal lead, Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t only have to answer yet more questions about their defensive problems, but they threw their participation in the knockout stages into some doubt.
At least Liverpool’s future is in their own hands. They know that they’ll make it out of Group E as long as they don’t lose against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night.
While a repeat of the 1-1 draw that these two played out back in September will be enough for Liverpool, only a win will do for Spartak.
The Russian side currently sit three points behind Liverpool (who top Group E) but as it’s the head-to-head record that separates two teams joint on points, any win will be enough for Spartak. The only scenario in which Liverpool will get away with a defeat is if Sevilla also lose against Group E’s bottom side, Maribor.
Liverpool are the clear favourites to win both the game and the group but anything can happen at this level so Anfield will be a nervy place on Wednesday unless the home side can get off to a fast start.
Liverpool 1/4 (William Hill)
Draw 11/2 (Bet365)
Spartak Moscow 12/1 (Paddy Power)
At a best price of 1/4 with William Hill it’s going to take a big bet to make a considerable return from a Liverpool win. It’s tough to argue that price is unfair given the depth of quality available to Jurgen Klopp but a better option for your betting could be the 17/10 that Ladbrokes are quoting on Liverpool to win and both teams to score.
Ask any Liverpool fan where their side need to improve and they’ll instantly mention their defence. Whether it’s down to the quality of individuals in the squad, Klopp’s reluctance to make a firm decision on who his number one goalkeeper is or problems with the way the team is set up, Liverpool have leaked too many goals this season.
Generally speaking they’ve been much better at home than on their travels but they conceded twice against Sevilla at Anfield and will find a clean sheet tough to come by against a motivated opponent who are desperate to win.
In the final reckoning though, Liverpool’s fearsome ability to spring up the pitch with lightning pitch and their home advantage should see them through but not without a scare or two.
Liverpool 2-0 @ 6/1 (Paddy Power)
Liverpool 3-0 @ 15/2 (Boylesports)
Liverpool 2-1 @ 8/1 (Betfred)
Liverpool 1-0 @ 31/4 (Sportingbet)
Liverpool 3-1 @ 10/1 (William Hill)
Draw 1-1 @ 12/1 (Paddy Power)
Selections reflecting a Liverpool win dominate the top of the Correct Score market. We’ve already said that we think Spartak Moscow will be able to score at Anfield and for us it’s a toss up between Liverpool 2-1 (8/1 with Betfred) and Liverpool 3-1 (10/1 with William Hill).
Of the two, we’re going to side with 3-1. The strength of Liverpool in the final third was laid bare at the Amex Stadium on Saturday where they put five past Brighton despite leaving Sadio Mane on the bench. They scored counter attacking goals, they scored from crosses and they scored a direct free-kick thanks to the genius of Philippe Coutinho.
Spartak Moscow may have only conceded more than one goal once so far in the Champions League but the more desperate they get for a goal, the more open they’ll be to a Liverpool counter which makes that 10/1 too tempting for us to leave alone.
Mohamed Salah 3/1 (Coral)
Daniel Sturridge 10/3 (William Hill)
Roberto Firmino 10/3 (Ladbrokes)
Sadio Mane 4/1 (Paddy Power)
Dominic Solanke 9/2 (Ladbrokes)
Philippe Coutinho 11/2 (Coral)
Adam Lallana 13/2 (Paddy Power)
Marko Grujic 9/1 (William Hill)
Mohamed Salah’s incredible start to the life at Liverpool has been one of the stories of the season. The Egyptian never really looked cut out for the top level during his spell at Chelsea but he improved considerably while at Roma and is now one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the world.
Salah’s run has, however, come at Sadio Mane’s expense. He’s been relegated almost to a bit part player in recent weeks but should get a chance to shine against Spartak. Like Salah, Mane is one of those attacking midfielders who gets fans off their seats and he could be the one to provide the early spark for Liverpool at 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 17/10 with Ladbrokes
Liverpool to win 3-1 @ 10/1 with William Hill