Southampton v Liverpool Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Saturday 19th November By @J_RKeith

Southampton v Liverpool – St. Mary’s Stadium at 15:00

The Premier League is back, and after claiming 2/3 wins in my UFC 205 betting preview I am hoping to claim a win in my latest Asian Handicap betting recommendation as Southampton host Liverpool on Saturday at St. Mary’s.

Southampton

So far this campaign it has been hit and miss for the Saints, sitting tenth in the Premier League they have only won one of their last five matches. Furthermore, just before the international break Claude Puel’s team lost 2-1 to Hull City after holding a 1-0 lead away from home.
Their home form is a positive, on the other hand, considering they have only lost one game at St. Mary’s this season, and two of their last 15. Obviously home form is important, but then again if they want to be competing in Europe for another season they will need to improve on the road.

But again, I don’t think it is okay to state Europe is taking it’s toll mainly because Southampton are sitting top of their group and these are professional footballers. This is what their career is all about.

Yet, one concern I have is that Shane Long hasn’t been the same player from last season. Yes, injuries have been a problem, but considering he netted ten goals last campaign, he hasn’t been the same willing runner the Saints’ fans are used to seeing.
Furthermore seven players are out injured for the home side, and I look at their squad and wonder where their goals will come from? Yes they have Charlie Austin, but two of his five goals have come from the spot-kick. For me, I just think they lack that finishing touch.

 

Asian Handicap Betting

Sadio Mane, Coutinho & Roberto Firmino

Liverpool

What can you say about Liverpool? They are absolutely flying and have been scoring goals for fun in recently. I watched their recent match against Watford and I felt sorry for the Hornets; mainly because it was just attack after attack at the Kop. In the end, Liverpool won the game 6-1.

The Reds have only lost one game so far this season, and since that defeat in the second week Klopp has seemed stricter with the squad, but at the same time congratulate their success. I am looking forward to how he sets up at St. Mary’s against a squad with a solid home record.

There looks to be no real injury crisis for Liverpool, as only Danny Ings remains out, while Adam Lallana is still 50/50 on his return. However, I am looking forward to seeing the front three of Roberto Firmino, Coutinho and Sadio Mane put in a display on Saturday; scoring 16 goals between the three of them so far this campaign.

On top of this, Liverpool are not competing in Europe so they won’t have any said “distractions”. I also enjoy their 4-3-3 formation as the front three have a great chemistry, and change to a 4-2-4 when attacking which is difficult to defend against.

 

Conclusion

The last time these two sides met at St. Mary’s, Southampton walked away with a 3-2 win as Sadio Mane grabbed a brace (how they need him now). But overall, Liverpool has won three of their last five visits to the South of England. Yet, at St. Marys, it stands at 6-4 to the home team in their last ten meetings.

I really cannot look past Liverpool for this one. The international break went well for most of the players and I believe Klopp will expect more of the same this coming weekend. With Southampton, injuries are a massive problem and I just think the quality isn’t there to prevent Liverpool scoring against them.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.50 at 2.14 with Pinnacle 

 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Liverpool v Roma Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Tue 2nd August By @J_RKeith

Liverpool v Roma – Busch Stadium at 01:35 live on LFCTV

It is yet another friendly for Liverpool this week as Jurgen Klopp and his side take on AS Roma as the Busch Stadium, in what will be Luciano Spalletti’s last friendly before their opening game of the Serie A season.

Liverpool will be taking a break from the International Champions Cup for a week after a 2-0 win against AC Milan on Sunday; Roberto Firmino scoring the second in a match that saw plenty of faces on display for Klopp.
This was a bounce back after their 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, and now they sit fourth in the ICC 2016 table with one game remaining against Barcelona.

Eight players are currently injured for the Reds including new signing Loris Karius who is sidelined with a broken wrist, while Georginio Wijnaldum made his debut against AC Milan and may be featuring again in Missouri.

In terms of friendlies, this is Liverpool’s sixth with two more still to play before they kick off the new season away to Arsenal. They have won four and lost one, yet have only conceded one goal in all of these matches.

There may be concerns that Liverpool are playing too many friendlies heading into the new season. In 2013 and ’14 they have featured in five games while last year four friendlies were arranged. This could be too much of a workout for Klopp’s side, but we will see how the season progresses.

 

Firmino 2

Roberto Firmino

AS Roma, on the other hand, have had a quiet pre-season having only played three matches, with the Liverpool game being their final chance to impress manager Luciano Spalletti.
The Wolves haven’t played a match since the 17th of July, where they beat Russian outfit Terek Grozney 3-2 in Pinzolo; Edin Dzeko being among the goalscorers on that day.

However, off the pitch, Roma have been very busy with the likes of Miralem Pjanic, Adam Ljajic and Dodo all leaving the club; Pjanic joining rivals Juventus for £27 million. While the Italian club have brought in the likes of Mohamed Salah, Stephan El Shaarawy as well as Brazilian midfielder Gerson for £14 million.

Spalletti took over from Rudi Garcia halfway through the Serie A campaign last year and helped the club finish third in the table. Fans have reasons to expect better considering their club have always been contenders for the league title, but have never lasted the distance against Napoli or Juventus.

One key figure for Roma will be Kevin Strootman in the midfield having missed a majority of the last season with an injury, he will want to return and prove his worth. While legend Francesco Totti is staying on another season with the club after signing a new deal.

The last time these two sides met was in 2014 where AS Roma defeated Liverpool 1-0 in a friendly; Marco Borriello scoring the winner there. In fact, from their last four meetings Roma have won on two occasions to Liverpool’s one victory.

Mainly because Liverpool have been more active in this pre-season on the pitch, I have to back Klopp do another Italian Job and get the better of this Serie A team who may still be rusty after only three matches.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.25 @ 2.13 with Pinnacle

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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Europa League Final Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Weds 18th May by @tashason21

Liverpool v Sevilla – St. Jakob-Park, Basel at 19:45 live on BT Sport Europe

On Wednesday evening, Liverpool face a massive challenge as they take on back-to-back Europa League winners Sevilla in the final of the competition, in a bid to lift the trophy in Basel. The winner of the Europa League is guaranteed entry into the Champions League next campaign and therefore this is definitely Liverpool’s most significant game of the season!

Since Klopp took charge of the club, the Reds have certainly shown potential, although they have lacked consistency at times which has meant their league form has suffered. Liverpool finished 8th in the Premier League with 60 points and their final game of the season ended in a rather drab 1-1 draw against West Brom. Jordan Ibe got on the scoresheet, as Klopp fielded a much weaker Liverpool side with the Europa League final imminent.

Off the back of several impressive performances in this competition to date, the Reds come into this match as favourites, despite their troubles away from Anfield this season. Liverpool have only managed to win 1 of their 7 away Europa League matches this campaign, which will be of concern to Klopp as his side face yet more unfamiliar territory on Wednesday at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.

Some notable performances in the competition to date have been against Dortmund, whereby they found themselves 2-0 (1st leg) and 3-1 down in the 2nd leg to beat Dortmund 4-3 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, as well as their 3-0 home win against Villarreal, whereby they made the final with ease. Daniel Sturridge was involved in all 3 goals against the Spanish side and he is likely to be the danger-man on the night, as he always seems to bring his A-game in big matches.

 

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge

Opponents are not going to come tougher than the Sevilla side they face on Wednesday however, as the Spaniards are now renowned as ‘Europa League specialists’, having won back-to-back European titles.

Despite this, Sevilla have struggled in La Liga this season and finished an unusually low 7th in the table, 8 points of Celta Vigo in 6th. Away from home in the Spanish league, of their 19 away matches this season, Sevilla failed to obtain a single win, drawing 9 times and losing on 10 occasions! Last weekend again Sevilla struggled in Bilbao, when they took on Athletic Club and lost 3-1 in their final league encounter of the season.

The Europa League is what has given Sevilla hope this campaign and their path to the final included a 5-3 aggregate win over Shakhtar in the semis, which came after a penalty shoot-out victory over Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-finals.

Despite their poor league form, Sevilla do possess a dangerous counter-attack which Liverpool will need to be wary off. Kevin Gameiro is Sevilla’s biggest threat and has scored 28 goals across all competitions this season.

In regards to the result of this match, I think Liverpool have a great chance of lifting the Europa League trophy and therefore I recommend backing the English side -0.25 on the Asian Handicap betting market. Sevilla have been in terrible form of late, whilst Liverpool have looked promising with the influence of Jurgen Klopp noticeably rubbing off on them.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.25 @ 2.04 with Unibet 

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @tashason21.

 

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