Liverpool vs Crvena zvezda (By: Stanioooo)
Liverpool will host Crvena Zvezda in the third round of CL at Anfield.
Liverpool are second in the ranking with 3 points after a home win against PSG and an away loss against Napoli, so three points are absolutely required against Zvezda. With Klopp as a coach I am sure they will take this match absolutely seriously and maybe Salah will explode in this game.
Liverpool are in a mini-crisis with scoring goals in the recent games, that's obvious. In the last five matches they didn't score more than one time in all of them, but we have to accept most of them were against difficult opponents like Napoli in Italy, Manchester City and two times with Chelsea. Zvezda looks like a perfect chance to find their rhythm in attack. I don't want to underestimate the Serbians, they have the quality to be equal to the middle-ranked european teams, but not against the very best. Remember which round of CL Liverpool reached during the last season! PSG scored Zvezda four goals only in the 1st half, so Liverpool can also do that, not in the 1st half, but for the whole match. Remember that Liverpool also took 2:0 advantage against PSG in their home game only during the 1st half, so it looks like a miracle Zvezda not to concede at least three goals tonight. Liverpool have some problems with injuries like Oxlade Chamberlain, Henderson and Keita. Mane, Milner and Wijnaldum are all doubftul but with big chances to start tonight. Still expect Sturridge, Firmino and Salah to be the front line of Liverpool.
Zvezda had the bad luck to be drawn in the hardest group for sure with three top ranked opponents with big successes in Europe competitions. They took a golden point in the start against Napoli, but the chances to take anything else as points until the very end look very small. Their opponents will be pretty motivated and the goal difference of Zvezda will be very nad at the end, that's obvious, but still that's a priceless experience for the players. It's impossible to compare matches from CL against these giants with the opponents they face in the Serbian league. Zvezda also have some problems with missing players like Rodic, Marin and Cafu.
I expect to see both teams very motivated, but still the difference in class of the players is huge and three or four goals for the hosts are highly expected. I am going with -2.5 AH for the hosts.
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Liverpool vs Crvena zvezda prediction
|Liverpool -2.5 AH||Bet365||1.65||10||4-0 WON (+6.5 units)|