Tuesday 21st November. 7:45PM. BT Sport 2
In their return to Champions League football, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are odds-on to reach the last 16 by progressing out of a competitive Group E. However, if they can pick up a positive result from Tuesday night’s trip to Spain, the Reds will be set to top the group for a seemingly easier route to the quarter-finals. Can they do it?
It certainly won’t be easy against a Sevilla side that has produced some equally attractive football in 2017/18. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling spectacle at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Bring it on!
Sevilla Looking To Build On European Pedigree
After scoring three Europa League titles in a row between 2014 and 2016, beating Liverpool in the final of the most recent success, the Rojiblancos were left bitterly disappointed by last year’s early elimination to Leicester. They’ll be determined to go at least one step further this time, though, and know a win against Liverpool should set up a n easier round of 16 tie – assuming they can go and beat Maribor in their final group game.
Eduardo Berizzo has continued the work of Unai Emery and Jorge Sampaoli with positive results thus far. Without having any star striker’s in terms of goals, Wissam Ben Yedder and co. have been finding the net on a frequent basis, sharing the responsibilities well.
Liverpool fans will be familiar with several names in the Sevilla team. Former Manchester City players Nolito and Jesus Navas are joined by Steven Nzonzi. The manager’s Argentine links are visible in the squad too, making the hosts particularly dangerous in attack.
After winning four of their last five competitive matches, losing narrowly at the Camp Nou, in the other, Sevilla will be quietly confident. Nonetheless, Klopp’s Liverpool will have reason for optimism too.
Reds Aiming To Pick Up From Saturday
The international break did very little to stop Liverpool’s momentum as the Reds clinched a 3-0 win to make it four wins on the spin, with 13 goals scored in the process, since losing to Tottenham at Wembley. With their sights set on the Champions League knockout phase, it should be another energetic performance from Klopp’s men in Spain.
There’s no denying that the Merseysiders still have a few issues in defence, but the likes of Albert Moreno have certainly looked a little more solid in recent weeks. Their quality is far better in the attacking third, though, with Mo Salah proving to be a key piece in the puzzle. Alongside Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, and Roberto Firmino, the Egyptian is looking fantastic.
When in full flow, the Liverpool frontline is almost impossible to stop, which was evidenced in the 7-0 win at Maribor in their most recent Champions League away game. While matching that scoreline is virtually impossible, there’s no reason that those attacking stars should expect to struggle in Spain.
Even a draw would keep Liverpool top of the group heading into the final day. If they want to be considered a serious contender to go deep in this competition, though, winning the group is key. A win in Seville would almost seal it.
Sevilla V Liverpool Betting
The odds from Ladbrokes reflect the general feeling that this one could go either way as Liverpool are priced 6/4 while Sevilla are 13/8. Alternatively, the draw can be backed at 5/2.
Goals have been a common feature for both sides in recent weeks, not least for Sevilla who have seen seven games on the spin produce three or more goals. While it’s often the Rojiblancos who have produced, results against strong opposition would suggest that they will be set to concede.
Sevilla certainly know where the target is too, which is why we wouldn’t rule them out of getting a positive result. Nonetheless, we suspect that Liverpool’s impressive attack will have plenty of joy. Back them to match the two goals scored in the reverse clash.
All eyes have been on Salah, who has started his Liverpool career in record breaking style. Still, Coutinho is still the player capable of producing magic like no other Reds star. Saturday’s league goal at Anfield indicates that the player is ready to perform until his inevitable departure. This would be a great time to show it.
In terms of quality, the Brazilian is the best brightest star on the pitch. In a big game like this, we’re backing him to prove why the world’s elite are chasing his signature.