UEFA Champions League, kick-off at 7:45pm Tuesday 17th October 2017 from Ljudski Vrt
Round three of the Champions League group stage and Liverpool travel to Maribor in the highlight of pool E. The Reds were frustrated by Manchester United at the weekend, but are unbeaten at this level, showing two draws from their two previews starts. That’s good enough for second, behind early pace-setters Sevilla.
Maribor go into the week bottom of the pile, and expected to stay there for the remainder of the campaign. That means Jurgen Klopp’s men must pick up all three points, but will they get the job done? Bookmakers think so. Our experts give their betting tips and predictions.
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Team News – Maribor
Slovenian champions Maribor line-up for game three in fourth. No surprises there, but they did get off to a decent start, taking a draw in the opener with Spartak Moscow when last seen in front of their own fans. Samedov had Moscow ahead on the hour mark, and that strike looked to have settled what was an edgy encounter, but The Purples refused to lie down, proving again they can never be taken lightly, grabbing an equaliser through Bohar in the closing minutes.
There was less to shout about in game two, beaten 3-0 by Sevilla in Spain. If Liverpool are professional, sending out a strong side and remaining patient, they should get the job done with minimal fuss. But, the Moscow result shows us that if The Reds come here and take things lightly, allowing themselves to be frustrated, they could very well drop more points, losing ground on Sevilla in pole position.
Maribor have been written off across the board by odds compilers, who are more than happy to take the locals on. There’s a whopping 20/1 available to those who want to risk their stake money on an upset, best price currently trading at Coral. Most of the competition aren’t too far away. Darko Milanic’s men to score a goal, regardless of the result, is top offer 7/5 at Bet Victor. No goal is more likely, 4/6 (Sportingbet).
Team News – Liverpool
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four Premier League starts, but sit down in eighth place, having drawn three and won one. The Reds remain just two points off the top-four, Watford in the Champions League places, but are already nine off the pace of current leaders Man City. Klopp’s two starts this month finished 1-1 with Newcastle and goalless vs Man Utd.
Jose Mourinho lost ground on City, but he would have been happy enough with a share and a clean-sheet at Anfield on Saturday. The United boss set his side up not to concede, and to stop a main rival for the top-four winning. He got pass marks on both, and although the match failed to catch fire, ending as a disappointment for fans, it was the perfect away performance. Liverpool dominated the stats, but couldn’t find a way through.
Fans should have plenty more reason to cheer on Tuesday night, and bookies have the away day priced as a solid favourite. Fancy having the Liverpool win in your betting tips and predictions? There’s not a lot to get excited about, bet365’S 2/11 one of the better prices available. -1 on the handicap offers us a bit more to work with, 8/15 (Betfair).
Maribor vs Liverpool – UEFA Champions League Tips and Betting Predictions
The market points to a strong Liverpool win and, although I’m not going to argue against that, I don’t see The Reds scoring lots of goals. Maribor are a decent outfit on their own patch and, like United, will set-up to frustrate. Take Liverpool to win to nil as the best of your betting tips at Coral’s 4/6, a price that’ll do a job in your midweek accumulators.
Traders have 2-0 as favourite in the correct score market, and that looks worth a go in our predictions when looking to land a bigger price. William Hill serve 5/1, and that’s better that most of the competition, who sit around the 9/2 mark. If Liverpool remain patient, sticking to their task, the goals will come. Good luck if you follow our thinking.
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