Liverpool - Spartak Moscow
Category: Football Prediction
League: Champions League
Betting prediction: Spartak +1.5 Asian Handicap
Starting Time: 12/06/2017 - 07:45 PM
The final round of the Champions League group stage is on us and there is still all to play for in Group E, thanks to Liverpool surrendering a 3 goal lead against Sevilla.
Liverpool are very strong favourites at home against Spartak, but I think that their opposition have been somewhat underestimated. Whilst Liverpool are admittedly in great form, with 6 wins and 2 draws out of their last 8, they are still playing with somewhat of a makeshift defence with Can and Wijnaldum starting as centre backs. They remain without Matip and their defence should be tested against Spartak more than some of the opposition that they have faced in recent times (most of their wins have come against Premier League relegation contenders).
Spartak are on a great run of their own with 4 consecutive wins in their domestic league and are without the injury issues that would concern Liverpool fans.
It is quite hard to take anything from Champions League group form, with Liverpool thrashing lowly Maribor when Spartak struggled and when Spartak performed better than Liverpool did against Sevilla. Their one previous meeting ended in a very competitive 1-1 draw in Russia, although Liverpool did create plenty of chances that day.
Liverpool would be happy with the draw here, and may look to sit back and defend, especially with an early lead, hence my Spartak +1.5 tip. Best odds are at SBObet which is where I'll be betting!
Add Date: 12/05/2017 - 03:55 PM