The English Premier League is back and it’s a baptism of fire for Norwich City. The winners of the 2018/19 Championship take on the Champions of Europe at Anfield. Well it’s a fixture the Canaries won’t mind getting out of the way early on. The game also sees the introduction of VAR into the Premier League. Anything could hppen in this game, bet it’s controversial whatever occurs.
Liverpool seem to have forgotten how to lose at home in the Premier League. Their last home loss was to Crystal Palace on April 23, 2017. Since then, 40 home league games have been played without defeat. Only two of their last 65 league games played at Anfield have been lost, so you can see the massive task that Norwich City have in this opening Premier League fixture.
97 points last season still didn’t win Liverpool their first Premier League title. They will find it hard to repeat that performance this time around. Home form is important if they are to get anywhere close. Mind you, if they had beaten Manchester City at Anfield last season, the title would have been won.
Liverpool haven’t had the easiest of pre-seasons. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Allison all took part in the African Cup of Nations and Copa America, so delayed their return to training. Sane only began training this week so is unlikely to feature in this match. Even with that being the case, Liverpool are still only 1/7 (1.14) to beat Norwich on Friday evening.
The Reds showed in the Community Shield that they are again going to be a major force in the Premier League this season. They may of lost on penalties to Manchester City but they again showed that there isn’t that much between them and the champions.
Norwich City would have hoped for a slightly easier opening fixture on their return to the Premier League. They won the Championship last season but the fact they conceded over 50 goals is a worrying statistic. The Canaries have had a reputation for being a bit of a yo-yo team. They are likely to keep that reputation because an immediate return to the second-tier looks on the cards.
City haven’t exactly been splashing the cash in the summer transfer window. It’s a bit like Delia Smith popping down to the local KFCrather than the Michelin Star restaurant. Unless they have something big lined up in the final days of the transfer window, it’s been a disappointing summer.
The problem is that you look at their squad and the summer signings and the word ‘relegation’ is all that comes into your mind. A lot will depend on whether their top striker Teemu Pukki can come up with the goods in the Premier League. He’s 9/2 (5.5) at MoPlay to score at Anfield on Friday.
Norwich are 22/1 (23.0) at Ladbrokes to win this match. They won’t win this game and their main target will be to come away from Anfield without having suffered a heavy defeat. Confidence is going to be important for them in the opening weeks of the season.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 games against Norwich City. Ten of those games have been won by the Reds. All but one of the last seven meetings have had over 2.5 goals score in them. Bet365 will give you 4/9 (1.44) that this stat comes up in this match. Norwich have scored in three of their last four visits to Anfield. You can get odds of 5/4 (2.25) at BetVictor on City scoring in this match.
Liverpool are unlikely to play Sadio Mane in this game. Their opponents will be without Louis Thompson, Alexander Tettey and Christoph Zimmermann. Timm Klose is fit again after a hip injury.
Liverpool will be pleased to start off with a game against Norwich City. They have a fantastic home record and need to maintain that if they want to win the league. Pre-season hasn’t been great but they have most of their top players back now. Not many signings either which means they will have a settled team. Norwich look relegation candidates and will struggle this season. A bet on Liverpool winning and over 2.5 goals in the game has odds of 1/2 (1.5) if your wager is placed with Betfred.