Preview and Prediction
The reigning Champions, Liverpool, see the chance of defending the title in danger this season. The Reds are sloping to the fourth of the table. Collecting only 34 points so far, they can only climb higher if the duo Manchester lose the game this midweek. Jordan Henderson and Co will be facing Burnley, which is currently on a mission to save their future on the top flight. Ben Mee and Co are still stuck on the seventeenth in the standings, just four points away from the relegation zone.
The teams’ previous games
The Reds could only muster a goalless draw in a vital game against Manchester United last weekend. They still lacked of clinical finish in the six-yard box despite dominating the game. Alison Brecker was their saviour after denying two decent chances from The Red Devils.
Burnley, on the other hand, lost in a narrow win from West Ham on the road last weekend. Michael Antonio notched up the winning goal for the Hammers. It’s the Claret’s ninth loss this season
Jurgen Klopp might need to consider employing the 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-2-2 formation here as the regular 4-3-3 has proven to be ineffective lately. Xerdan Shaqiri should occupy the number ten role while Firmino might be sidelined first after wasting a number of chances in the previous outing. The frontman role shall be given to Divock Origi with Salah and Mane operating on the flanks. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can come off the bench to play behind Mane and Salah or Origi upfront alongside Shaqiri to intensify the attack in the penalty box. In the injury table, Joel Matip is doubtful for this fixture along with Virgil Van Dijk, Diego Jota, Joe Gomez and Naby Keita, Nathaniel Phillips is expected to start in the back four.
Sean Dyche is likely to deploy his regular classic 4-4-2 formation. Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes or Jay Rodriguez shall feature as the duo frontman. Yet, their goals have been low so far. The two names who will be ruled out here is Charlie Taylor, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and their new signing Jimmy Dunne.
Players to watch
The disappointing form of their trident might force Klopp to sideline one or two of them. The Reds should improvise and rely on Thiago Alcantara and Xerdan Shaqiri to score from the second line or perhaps Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain or even Takumi Minamino at the second half.
The Clarets’ top performers are their defensive line, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski and the goalie Nick Pope. Another notable name to watch is the Ireland international Robbie Brady.
Liverpool vs Burnley Prediction
Jurgen Klopp’s men have to show more creativity here to break the deadlock and improve the clinical finish to secure three points at home. Otherwise, the spectre of one point will still be haunting them and eventually could drown their opportunity to retain the title.
Liverpool is still the favourite here. Their win market is at 3/1, whereas Sean Dyche’s men are priced to win at 35/2. The odds for the draw result is at 32/5.