Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 24/10/18
Patrick Gillen (@PatrickGillen94) previews Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday night’s Champions League Group C clash at Anfield, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/10/18
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
- Channel: BT Sport 2
Liverpool and Crvena Zvezda (otherwise known as Red Star Belgrade) will meet for the first time in 45 years on Wednesday night, with both sides looking to bounce back from their respective matchday two disappointments against Napoli and Paris Saint Germain.
Liverpool lost it at the death in Naples, going down to a last minute Lorenzo Insigne winner. It was a match to forget for last season’s finalists, who failed to register a shot on target on the night.
The Reds will know the importance of getting maximum points from the upcoming double header with the Serbian outfit, who managed a draw at home to Napoli before being humbled in Paris in a defeat that equalled their heaviest defeat ever in Europe.
Red Star could simply not live with Neymar and co, losing 6-1, with the tricky Brazilian bagging a hattrick. The Serbs managed only 25% of the possession that night and know that they will be heavy underdogs again when they travel to Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were on form last time out at home, beating the French Champions 3-2 thanks to a last minute Roberto Firmino strike, and will be hoping for more of the same on Wednesday.
Interestingly, the Serbian champions will have no support inside the ground on the night, as their fans remained banned following UEFA punishment after they invaded the pitch during August’s Champions League qualifiers against Red Bull Salzburg.
Liverpool currently sit second place in Group C and, due to the quality of opposition within it, will have this game down as a must win against a Red Star side that lie in fourth place with one point.
Sadio Mane will face a late fitness test after missing the win at Huddersfield. The Senegalese international received surgery on his broken thumb and may have to play with a cast if selected.
Captain Jordan Henderson is a doubt after being substituted on Saturday due to a hamstring problem.
Naby Keita will again miss out through injury while Wijnaldum and Firmino should return.
Red Star’s line up should include former Chelsea man Marko Marin, who scored in the 6-1 defeat by PSG.
Former Watford player Vujadin Savic should start at centre back for the away side.
Liverpool Potential Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Crvena Zvezda Potential Starting XI: Borjan, Stojkovic, Savic, Degenek, Rodic, Krsticic, Jovicic, Marin, Causic, Simic, Pavkov.
Stats & Facts
- Liverpool scored an average of 3.15 goals per game in last season’s Champions League.
- The Reds are unbeaten in their last 17 home European matches, with their last defeat coming in a 3-0 loss to Real Madrid in 2014.
- Liverpool have, however, lost three out of their last four European matches.
- Despite defeat against PSG, Crvena Zvezda have lost only three out of their last 19 European games, winning seven and drawing nine.
- Red Star visited England in the 2017/18 season, earning a 0-0 draw against Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League group stage at the Emirates Stadium.
- The Serbian outfit have lost only once in their last six visits to England, going down 1-0 to Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in 1991.
Head To Head
- The sides have only met competitively on two occasions, over two legs in the second round of the 1973/74 European Cup. Red Star Belgrade won both legs 2-1, with the win at Anfield becoming Liverpool’s first home European defeat.
- Liverpool 1/20
- D 14/1
- Crvena Zvezda 45/1
The away side will naturally come to Anfield hoping to frustrate Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp’s side should have more than enough quality to break them down. Expect Liverpool’s first goal to open the floodgates and it would be a huge shock to see anything other than an emphatic home win.