Liverpool v Spartak Moscow Betting Tips
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did his best not to publicly criticise his players after they threw away a three-goal lead against Sevilla in the Champions League a fortnight ago.
He said all the right things in front of the media but privately, Klopp can’t help but have been furious with his team’s capitulation.
Not only did the 3-3 draw with Sevilla raise more questions about Klopp’s ability to set up a defence, it also saw Liverpool go from a position of strength in the race to qualify for the knockout stages to one game away from slipping into the Europa League.
There is now a real chance that Liverpool will miss out on the round of 16.
If they lose to Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night and Sevilla don’t lose against Maribor, both Liverpool and Spartak will be level on nine points after their six games. As ties are separated by the head-to-head record between teams, Liverpool will have to settle for a place in the Europa League.
Liverpool are the firm favourites to win the game (and in turn Group E) but Anfield will grow increasingly nervous unless the home side bet off to a fast start.
Spartak Can Make Life Uncomfortable Under the Lights at Anfield
The best price you’ll get on Liverpool beating Spartak Moscow is the 1/4 that Boylesports are quoting. It’s hard to argue that price isn’t justified when you compare the quality of the two squads but it’s also hard to get too excited about backing a team at that price in the Champions League.
Anything can happen during the last round of group stage fixtures and with Spartak already assured of a place in the Europa League, they can adopt a devil may care attitude.
Spartak secured a 1-1 draw against Liverpool when they met back in September and we think they can make life interesting on Wednesday by scoring at Anfield.
When all’s said and done though, Liverpool’s own desire to qualify with a win and their incredible attacking line-up see them through.
That makes the 17/10 that Ladbrokes are quoting on Liverpool to win and both teams to score look well worth taking.
We recommend doubling that bet up with one on over 3.5 goals which is 23/20 with Marathonbet.
Liverpool to Capitalise on Tired Legs Late On
On first look, Spartak Moscow manager, Massimo Carrera, can approach Wednesday’s game as a free hit. However, he’ll have done his homework and therefore knows the dangers that Liverpool post on the counterattack.
Brighton felt the full force of the pace that Klopp’s men have in attacking positions on the weekend when Liverpool scored five. If Spartak are too gung-ho in their search for a win, there’s always the chance they’ll get picked off by the likes of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino as well.
The likelihood of Liverpool striking with pace will only grow as the game gets older and Spartak become more desperate in their search for a goal.
The alternative is that the away side get off to a fast start and it’s Liverpool looking for late goals to qualify for the last 16. Either way, a bet on the second half having more goals than the first should pay dividends at evens with Betfred.
if you were roberto firmino, would you have stolen sadio mane's goal? i definitely would've. pic.twitter.com/U9GlVA8qwf— justin lew block (@JBlock49) November 29, 2017
Mané to Make the Most of His Chance
At the start of the season, many pundits claimed that Sadio Mané was Liverpool’s most important player from an attacking perspective.
The flying Senegalese winger had an excellent first campaign on Merseyside but he’s been relegated to the bench more recently due to the form of Mohamed Salah.
Klopp has a job on his hands to keep all his players happy and he could, therefore, decide to play Mané from the start against Spartak. Despite not playing as much as he’d like, Mané continues to come up with the goods when called upon and he looks a good first goalscorer bet at 9/2 with Boylesports.
Top Betting Offers
Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 17/10 with Ladbrokes
Over 3.5 goals at 23/20 with Marathonbet
Second half to have most goals at evens with Betfred
Sadio Mané to score first at 9/2 with Boylesports