Monday, January 21, 2019

Prediction: Liverpool vs Paris Saint Germain

Prediction: Liverpool win and both teams to score

Odds: 12/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

The UEFA Champions League roars back into action on Tuesday night as Liverpool host Paris Saint Germain at Anfield.

The two sides have enjoyed perfect starts to their domestic campaigns, so one of those runs will surely come to an end as the two teams face off.

Liverpool

As has been well reported throughout the week, Liverpool have had an almost flawless start to the 2018/19 season. The Reds have managed to rack up five consecutive victories and sit joint top of the Premier League with Chelsea. Their most recent victory came in the form of a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s troops will be hopeful that they will be able to continue that form into the Champions League after reaching the final last year. As a matter of fact, the Reds have only lost two out of their last 17 games in all competitions in Europe’s elite competition but they did come in their last two games; a 4-2 loss to AS Roma before a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in last year’s final. It is their scoring rate that again will see them perform positively. Liverpool have failed to score in only five of their last 37 games in the Champions League and managed to hit three or more goals on seven occasions last season, with two of those ending in an eye-watering 7-0 scoreline.

Team News

Striker Roberto Firmino could potentially be a doubt for the Reds after suffering a nasty eye injury against Tottenham Hotspur. Fellow striker Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi could also be missing after picking up knocks playing for the under-23s. Meanwhile, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also remain restricted to the sidelines with long-term problems.

Paris Saint Germain

Much like Liverpool, Thomas Tuchel’s PSG have enjoyed a stunning start to the new season. Currently sitting top of the Ligue 1 standings on maximum points, the Parisian’s most recent win came in a 4-0 thrashing of Saint-Etienne. Also like the Reds, the French giants will hope to take that form into Europe, where they have struggled despite their mass investment. The furthest that they have gone in the competition is the semi-finals but that came way back in 1995. PSG have not reached that stage since and were eliminated in the first knockout round last season by eventual winners Real Madrid. One aspect that could be ominous going into the game is their poor record against English clubs. In their last 15 matches against English opposition, they have only won four times. As a matter of fact, in their last six away games to English clubs in the UEFA Champions League, they have won only one.

Team News

Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is suspended for the game so will not be able to play a part. However, forwards Kylian Mbappe and Neymar will likely be welcomed back after being rested at the weekend.

Key Facts To Consider

  • PSG and Liverpool have never played each other before
  • PSG’s only win on English soil came in a 2-1 win over Chelsea in 2016
  • Both Liverpool and PSG have won every game so far this season
  • Mo Salah has had a hand in 15 goals in his last 13 Champions League games
  • Neymar has scored in every game he has played in so far this season

Conclusion

What a tantalising game is in store at Anfield on Tuesday night. It remains to be seen which way the result will go but one thing is guaranteed and that is goals. Mo Salah, Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Sadio Mane all have the potential to find the back of the net and at least a couple of them should.

Prediction: Liverpool win and both teams to score

Odds: 12/5

Bookmaker: Bet365

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daniel Orme


Daniel is currently a second-year football journalism student at the University of Derby. He has been freelance writing for approximately four years now and brings considerable experience. A season ticket holder at local club Leicester City, he witnessed the Foxes miraculously lifting the Premier League trophy in the 2015/16 campaign.

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