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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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Liverpool v AC Milan Asian Handicap Betting Preview – Sun 31st July By @J_RKeith

Liverpool v. AC Milan – Buck Shaw Stadium at 03:05 live on Sky Sports 1

Two clubs with a rich history go head-to-head on Sunday morning as Liverpool face AC Milan at the Buck Shaw Stadium to put on a historic event for the ICC 2016 and it’s fans.

Jurgen Klopp’s side head into their second ICC encounter after losing 1-0 to Chelsea in their opening game on Thursday; Liverpool claiming 55% possession, yet only had attempted three shots at goal.
This will be the Reds’ sixth friendly this season having won five, scored ten and conceded one.

Klopp has been busy in the transfer window having brought in six players players, including Southampton’s Sadio Mane, Augsburg’s Ragnar Klavan and Newcastle’s Georginio Wijnaldum. Meanwhile, players in Jordan Ibe, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel have all gone in the other direction.

Competing in the ICC, this is Liverpool’s second tournament having taken part in 2014 where they advanced to the final only to lose to Manchester United 3-1 at the New Miami Stadium; Steven Gerrard scoring a penalty there.

Many fans have high hopes for Liverpool this season, considering Klopp took over in October and helped Liverpool reach two cup finals. However, to compete in the league they will need more quality as they have enough ambition to win a cup, but not challenge for the top spot.

 

Jurgen Klopp

AC Milan heads into this fixture having won both of their friendlies so far this season, beating both Bordeaux and, most recently, Bayern Munich on penalties in Chicago after drawing 3-3 on Thursday; Mbaye Niang scoring the first and assisting the third.
A win on Sunday could lift them to top of the ICC, dependent on other results.

Big news for AC Milan fans is that Carlos Bacca has been left out of the ICC squad due to links with a move away, while Mattia De Sciglio is also left out due to fitness reasons. Two massive players for Milan, yet the likes of Keisuke Honda, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Riccardo Montolivo have all travelled to the US.

This is the Italian club’s fourth ICC tournament, and yet they have never won the competition. Their best year coming in 2013 when they finished third after beating LA Galaxy 2-0 in the New Miami Stadium. Last year, they finished second on goal difference behind Real Madrid after beating Inter Milan and drawing with the Spanish outfit.

It’s difficult to understand what Milan will offer this campaign mainly because they finished 12th in Serie A last season, and although they were runners-up in the Coppa Italia their biggest signing this season has been Gianluca Lapadula from Pescara for £7.65 million.

These two clubs have only met three times before; twice in a Champions League final and most recently in the ICC 2014 where Liverpool won 2-0.

I would have to be in favour of Liverpool for this one; they have the stronger squad with key players keen to impress the German, and even though the struggled against Chelsea I cannot see AC Milan defending as deep as Conte did on Thursday. Minus a quarter should do it for me.

Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.25 @ 1.93 with Eastbridge Sports Betting Brokerage

Prices correct at time of writing.

By @J_RKeith.

 

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