Wednesday 23 October: 8pm KO
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Liverpool lost their 100% record in the Premier League on Sunday and now return to Champions League action. They have three points from their first two games leaving them second in the group. Their next two games are against bottom-of-the-table Genk and six points will be their target.
Liverpool haven’t had it all their way so far in this Champions League group. They lost 2-0 away to Napoli and then beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 at home. That Anfield victory should have been by a much more comfortable margin. They led 3-0 before being pulled back to 3-3 before getting a late winner. Liverpool trail Napoli by a point and can be backed at odds of 4/6 (1.66) at Paddy Power to finish top of Group E.
Those odds will look good if Liverpool can go to Genk and get a win. That’s because Napoli failed to win in Belgium, drawing 0-0. The odds of this match being drawn are 11/2 (6.5) if your bet is placed with 888sport.
Liverpool’s aim will be to get six points against Genk in their back-to-back games. With Napoli having the potentially tougher couple of games against Salzburg, that should see them regain the initiative. If you want to see what others think of this match, go to the Betbull website.
Genk need points from this game but for different reasons. They only have one point from their two games played in this group. William Hill have odds of 50/1 (51.0) on the Belgian side qualifying for the last sixteen.
A win for Genk in this game would actually take them above Liverpool in the table. The odds on that happening are 19/2 (10.5) at Betfair. They did hold Napoli to a home draw but lost 6-2 away at Salzburg.
They aren’t enjoying a successful league season in Belgium. Genk are currently sixth in the table, nine points behind league leaders Club Brugge. Can they cope against Liverpool’s attack and cause a surprise?
There have been no previous meetings between these two sides. The only time Genk have played an English team in the Champions League was in the 2011/12 season. The home game ended in a 1-1 draw. It’s 10/1 (11.0) at SkyBet that’s the score on Wednesday.
Mo Salah missed Sunday’s game against Manchester United but it’s possible he’ll be back for this match. Divock Origi will be hoping to play at some point against his former club. He’s 21/20 (2.05) at BetVictor to score in this match.
Liverpool will be hopeful of getting a couple of wins against Genk. They still only have that loss in Napoli this season and should have too much up front for the Belgian side. A bet on Liverpool to win and be ahead at both half and full time has odds of 20/23 (1.87) if placed with Coral.