Wednesday 2 October: 8pm KO
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Liverpool are the champions of Europe and top of the English Premier League. However, not all is rosy in the world of Jurgen Klopp. His team are outside of the top two in this Champions League group and they can’t afford to be dropping points in this second group game against Red Bull Salzburg.
If Anfield was in ‘Game of Thrones’, it’d be the one fortress that isn’t going to get knocked down. Forget the Wall or King’s Landing, Anfield has again become one of the toughest grounds in the world for away sides.
It’s 2014 when Liverpool last lost at home in the Champions League. Last season saw them keep five straight home clean sheets. They weren’t keeping out the lower ranked teams in Europe either. Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Porto, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade traveled to Anfield and none of them celebrated scoring.
If Liverpool are to retain the Champions League this season, then home form again has to be strong. They are currently available at 7/1 (8.0) at BetVictor to again become European champions.
First though, they need to dig themselves out of a little bit of trouble in their group. Away form caused problems last season and this term began with a 2-0 loss in Napoli. A win over Red Bull will put them on track, especially with two of their final four games being against Genk. You can get odds of 1/3 (1.33) at Ladbrokes on them beating Red Bull Salzburg.
The visitors have made a strong start to their Austrian Bundesliga campaign. Just like Liverpool, they are yet to lose a league game but have drawn one. They lead the table by five points from LASK Linz and have already scored 40 league goals.
Their goal-scoring form continued when beginning their Champions League campaign. They beat Genk 6-2 at home with Erling Haland hitting a hat-trick.
Red Bull will be expecting to at least finish third in this group after that dominant display over the Belgians. They have had a long wait to get back into the Champions League group stages. Their last appearance was in the 1994/95 season when known as Casino Salzburg.
Last season saw them knocked out in the Champions League play-off round. They went on to reach the last sixteen of the Europa League before losing to Napoli. There are odds of 8/1 (9.0) at 888sport on them beating Liverpool on Wednesday evening.
Red Bull have gone seven away games without defeat in the Champions League. It’s not a stellar list of teams they’ve been facing as all were in the qualifying rounds. Now comes the real test but the fact they have conceded twice in each of their last two Champions League games is a worry up against the Liverpool attack.
This is the first meeting of the two clubs. It’s new to them and a trip to the Betbull website would also be a unique experience.
Erling Haland was the goal scoring hero for Red Bull against Genk but may miss this game. He missed their weekend game through illness but is expected to be fit for this match. Haland is 2/1 (3.0) at Paddy Power to score at Anfield on Wednesday. Liverpool report no injury problems from the weekend win at Sheffield United.
Liverpool dare not lose this game, especially if Napoli win at Genk. Their home record continues to be their strong point and Red Bull are untested against top class opposition. A bet on Liverpool to win this game with over 2.5 goals scored has odds of 4/7 (1.57) at bETFRED.