Burnley v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 03, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
Two teams with contrasting fortunes meet as Liverpool travel to Burnley in mid-week Premier League action. The home side lost at the weekend to a struggling Crystal Palace side, whilst the Reds enjoyed a last minute winner in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool came out on top when the two sides met on New Years Day last year, although fans had to wait for the second half for a goal. Sadio Mane opened the scoring, before a Johann Gudmundsson equaliser meant that it took an extra-time Ragnar Klavan goal for the Reds to win.
Robbie Brady's ankle injury sustained against Palace could rule the midfielder out of action against Liverpool. Sean Dyche will also be without Stephen Ward, with James Tarkowski, Ben Gibson and Nick Pope all doubts.
Jurgen Klopp is still missing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Adam Lallana and Dominic Solanke likely to miss out. The manager may be tempted to rest Roberto Firmino with the Brazilian looking in need of a break last week.
Burnley v Liverpool Preview and Predictions
Going into their mid-week fixture, Burnley will feel very much the under-dog against a Liverpool side that they were unlucky to have lost to last season. This term however, the Clarets have lost the defensive edge that served them so well against Klopp's free-scoring side.
On the other hand, Liverpool are also looking far from their 2017/18 selves, and are fourth in the league top scoring charts, as opposed to last year's second. Whilst 27 goals if far from a poor return, Klopp will undoubtedly be concern about his side's lessened form in front of goal - which has been largely attributed to Mohammed Salah's comparative drop off in form.
Despite a changed formation, with the Egyptian fielded as a striker, with Firmino supporting, the Golden Boot holder looks very slightly off the pace. Although far from the type of football that the Reds have become associated with, it took a last minute header from Divok Origi, a largely forgotten player to earn the win over Everton last week.
Klopp's concerns must seem negligible to Dyche however, who's Burnley side remain in the relegation zone with more than a third of the season gone. Many predicted that the Clarets would improve following their exit from the Europa League, but there has been little evidence to support this. Instead, a lack of inspiration going forward has been compounded by a suddenly leaky defence.
If Burnley are going to survive this season, they will need to rediscover their defensive grit, something far easier said than done. With Liverpool's visit likely to be case of attack v defence, at least the home side will get some practice.
Mohammed Salah to score anytime at 4/5
Despite being 'out of form' the Egyptian still has seven goals to his name this season.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 33/50
Burnley have found it near impossible to keep a clean sheet of late and Liverpool will have a point to prove in front of goal.