Sevilla vs Liverpool preview, betting tips and prediction: Reds can strengthen grip with win in Andalusia
Liverpool to win and Sadio Mane to score first @ 9/1 with Betfair
Sevilla to win 2-1 @ 9/1 with Betfair
Draw @ 12/5 with Betfair
Liverpool have not performed badly in the Champions League this season, especially when looking at some of their results in context. But they received some heavy criticism earlier in the campaign after drawing at home to Sevilla and in Russia against Spartak Moscow. Their group now has a favourable and familiar look to it and they head to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this week, a point ahead of their next opponents, second placed Sevilla.
The Spanish side are transitioning somewhat, but remain a real threat, particularly at home. Their record on their own patch is sublime and is the bedrock of their challenges in La Liga and three recent Europa League wins. They actually beat Liverpool in the 2016 final, leaving Jurgen Klopp without a trophy to his name yet at Anfield.
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In truth, this one is a tough one to call and could go either way, but we think the Reds could come out on top if Sadio Mane is on form.
After a shaky spell in the early weeks of the season, Liverpool have hit their stride. Goals are flying in with another fantastic display against Southampton at the weekend; they ran out 3-0 winners at Anfield just as they did against Huddersfield. The catalyst for this upturn in mood and fortunes came in Slovenia where they beat group basement boys Maribor 7-0, a result which has gone down in history as the biggest away win ever in the Champions League. Mohamed Salah has played a crucial part in this success, and his combinations with Mane will have fans dreaming of more European success in the years to come.
As mentioned above, Sevilla are in a transitional phase. They are used to losing players and swapping managers, Eduardo Berizzo is their third in as many years, but the loss of their legendary sporting director, Monchi, to Roma is what has hit then hardest. Away from home, they have never been great, as shown by the humiliating 5-1 defeat at third placed Spartak, but they have won their two at home and scored five goals. They will see an opportunity against Liverpool, but must be wary of the Reds’ attacking threat. This one could be really entertaining.
Liverpool only have one major injury to contend with and it is nothing new. Nathaniel Clyne has suffered a set back in his recovery from back trouble and will be out until February, but captain Jordan Henderson returned from injury against Southampton and he should be involved in this one. Emre Can was left on the bench, but he could replace Gini Wijnaldum in a tactical switch by Jurgen Klopp, who will be pleased to have more options in that area. Adam Lallana is still building match fitness and won’t be involved.
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Sevilla’s two biggest worries are Joaquin Correa, the winger who has a muscle problem, and Nicolas Pareja. Neither have had their return dates confirmed and are unlikely to play.