Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda betting tips: Champions League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Crvena Zvezda

Liverpool come into this game with 3 points from 2 Champions League games so far.

Saturday’s win against Huddersfield ended a four game winless streak in all competitions. However, a defeat to Chelsea and a draw against Man City is not ideal home form coming into this game.

Crvena Zvezda, formerly known as Red Star Belgrade, have failed to win any of their last 6 matches in UEFA Champions League. However, they lead their domestic table with 11 wins from 12 and certainly know how to play if given the time and space to do so.

NAPLES, ITALY – OCTOBER 03: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Liverpool at Stadio San Paolo on October 3, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda: Who will win?

Liverpool have lost 3 of their last 4 Champions League games. However, they haven’t lost back-to-back Champions League games in almost 4 years and are unbeaten in their last 16 homes games in major European competition.

This sees Liverpool at 1/18 to win the tie.

A draw is 16/1 and Red Star Belgrade are a whopping 50/1 to escape from Liverpool with a win once again.

Expectations of a high scoring game are high with odds of 2/9 on over 2.5 goals.

Red Star Belgrade scored in half their group games last season and also against PSG already this term. With 33 goals already in their domestic league this season, they will be confident of scoring against Liverpool. The odds of both teams scoring are 13/8.

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda betting tips: Champions League 25 October 2018

First Scorer and Score Any Time Stats of Liverpool’s 2017/18 Champions League Campaign.

Liverpool’s Mr. Champions League – Roberto Firmino – has been involved in 18 goals since the start of last season.

Firmino is 7/2 to open the scoring against Red Star and 4/7 to score at any time during the tie.

Mohamed Salah’s record in the Champions League last season had a big part to play in them reaching the final in Kiev.

Having scored the only goal of the game at the weekend, Salah is 21/10 to be the first scorer in the game for the second match in a row or 3/10 to score at any time.

Marko Marin scored Red Star’s first ever goal in European Cup in it’s new Champions League format. He is 17/2 to get on the scoresheet at Anfield, 33/1 to do so as the first scorer.

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda: Match preview

Many will be expecting Liverpool to rack up a big score at home just as PSG did on matchday 2 of the group. However, Red Star Belgrade have shown in the past a level of organisation that suggests Liverpool will need to work hard for their points.

Indeed, watching back the PSG game, it took a wonderful Neymar free-kick to open up their packed defence. After that, all PSG’s goals featured high pressing regains and intricate play in tight spaces in & around the box.

The worry will be the penetration and creativity from midfield for Liverpool as well as the recent finishing problems of their attack.

Liverpool vs Crvena Zvezda betting tips: Champions League 25 October 2018

Liverpool’s decline in expected goals highlights their troubles in opening up sides as of late.

As you can see above, only 3 Liverpool matches have had an expected goals (xG) of more than 1,8.

Already this season, 2/3 of their games are falling below their 2,04 average last season.

It is clear the lack of penetration and creativity from midfield could be Liverpool’s downfall in this game. However, you do feel if they can break the deadlock early, they could run riot of the Serbian league leaders.

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HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Liverpool FC at John Smith’s Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

Liverpool team news vs Crvena Zvezda

Liverpool come into this game with a number of injury worries.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains a long term injury due to knee ligaments. Naby Keita will also miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Jordan Henderson looks likely to miss the game. He was replaced at half time for Gini Wijnaldum against Huddersfield.

While Sadio Mané played no part at the weekend due to a broken thumb, he should be available again.

Jurgen Klopp may also take the opportunity to rest some players with perhaps Joe Gomez or Virgil Van Dijk being rotated out.

BELGRADE, SERBIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Crvena Zvezda players pose for a photo prior to the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and SSC Napoli at Rajko Mitic Stadium on September 18, 2018 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Crvena Zvezda team news vs Liverpool

A number of changes have been made since their 6-1 defeat at the hands of PSG.

Srdjan Babic replaced Vujadin Savic at half time in the heart of their defence that night and is expected to keep his place.

Marko Gobeljic, who remained on the bench that night, has replaced Milan Rodic at left-back.

Richmond Boakye has replaced El Fardou Ben to lead the line and scored two goals at the weekend to help his side secure a 3-1.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crvena Zvezda

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crvena Zvezda

Predicted Liverpool team vs Crvena Zvezda

Predicted Crvena Zvezda team vs Liverpool

Predicted Crvena Zvezda team vs Liverpool

Predicted Crvena Zvezda team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre Crvena Zvezda

The latest tweets from Crvena Zvezda pre Liverpool

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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