Liverpool vs Sevilla Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Liverpool vs Sevilla betting prediction for Wednesday’s (13 September 2017) UEFA Champions League Group E fixture at legendary Anfield. Liverpool hopes to bounce back after a horrific weekend performance when they take on Sevilla in opening Champions League round. Read more in our detailed match preview, free betting tips and predictions.
Head-to-head History: Liverpool vs Sevilla
The Reds will be keen not only to revive themselves after last weekend’s humiliation in Manchester, but to seek their revenge for the lost 2016 Europa League final. Jürgen Klopp was the man in charge and after a pleasing first-half at the “St. Jakob-Park” in Basel, where Daniel Sturridge put the English side in front, Unai Emery won the managerial duel after three second-half goals scored by the Spanish club. This was Sevilla’s third successive Europa League as the goals of Coke (two) and Kevin Gameiro were historical for the Sevillistas. It’s interesting to mention that Unai Emery and most of Sevilla’s players who were involved in that final are not in the Andalusian side right now, while Jürgen Klopp and many Liverpool players may have additional boost to chase the full set of points on Wednesday night.
UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs Sevilla 13.09.2017
Liverpool and Sevilla can be particularly pleased with the Champions League group stage draw as they find themselves in Group E, where except the two sides who finished fourth in their leagues, we also find champions of Russia (Spartak Moscow) and Slovenia (Maribor).
Liverpool were winners in all three of their competitive home games this season, beating Crystal Palace (1:0), Hoffenheim (4:2), and Arsenal (4:0). All mentioned results were prior break for international football which finally ended and Liverpool suffered a devastating September afternoon in Manchester – losing 5:0 to City. Well, four of the goals were scored after Sadio Mane has been sent-off in the first-half and logically this had serious influence over the final score.
Sevilla joins the Champions League main stage for the third successive year and returns where everything ended last season, when Sevilla lost to Leicester City in the Round of 16. Couple of months later Eduardo Berizzo was the chosen one to replace Jorge Sampaoli and expectations are that Berizzo must repeat Sampaoli’s Champions League breakthrough.
So far so good, Sevilla eliminated a tricky side in the playoffs where “The Rojiblancos” had to face Istanbul Basaksehir and won 4:3 on aggregate (2:1, 2:2). In the meantime Sevilla does well in the La Liga where Eduardo Berizzo’s men have seven points won out of nine possible, putting them on the third position behind leaders Barcelona and Real Sociedad.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Sevilla heads to Merseyside after a second domestic clean sheet when they won 3:0 to Eibar last weekend. That happened at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan where Sevilla are unbeaten since November, but situation away from home is not exactly the same. Of course, we can’t compare home games vs Espanyol, Eibar, and a visit to Getafe with an upcoming Champions League outing at “Anfield”, but still these are some results that can add extra confidence in the Spanish team.
Eduardo Berizzo may use experience of some former Premier League names who have joined Sevilla this summer – wingers Nolito and Jesus Navas, as well as defensive midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, who played for Blackburn and Stoke City in period 2009-2015.
Central defender Nicolas Pareja (captain) and midfielder Guido Pizarro were both who have missed Sevilla’s weekend fixture due to injuries, while Ever Banega was suspended. All of them can possibly return and improve Sevilla’s squad depth for the visit to Liverpool.
Update: Summer signings Johannes Geis and Nolito have both been left out of the squad.
Jürgen Klopp won’t be able to rely to his Senegalese pacey forward Sadio Mane for some time, but this suspension is valid for the Premier League only. Great news ahead the first time when the Champions League anthem will play at Anfield for the first time since November 2014, when Liverpool of Brendan Rodgers has been eliminated after the group stage – failing to win a direct tie vs Swiss Basel.
Mane will be available for selection on Wednesday night, as well as other key players who were rested by Klopp after it has been obvious that City will win the game. Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino should be fresh enough but the biggest news are related with Philippe Coutinho’s name, who is expected to make his first season start. It’s still not known will he be in the starting formation or coming as a substitution, but presence of Coutinho and his passing skills can be a real challenge for Sevilla’s defense. The Little Magician, as he is known, has formed a great attacking trio with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino last season, but now he also has Mohamed Salah, who will have extra motivation to score after missing some good chances in Manchester.
Jürgen Klopp can also make some replacements in defense, which unquestionably is Liverpool’s weakest link. Andrew Robertson, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez can all feature in the starting lineup, with Joel Matip being the only one to maintain his starting position from the quartet used vs Man City. Furthermore, Klopp’s fellow countryman Loris Karius may enjoy some first-team minutes in the Champions League, leaving Simon Mignolet first-choice in the domestic games.
Meanwhile, German boss of Liverpool can’t use two of his pacey Englishmen – defender Nathaniel Clyne and midfielder Adam Lallana, who are both injured.
Liverpool vs Sevilla Prediction and Betting Tips
The heavy weekend defeat ended a nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions (7 wins and 2 draws), dating back to a 2:1 loss vs Crystal Palace bacin in April. Now Liverpool will try to win its first Champions League match since (except a qualifying playoff) a 2:1 dramatic home win vs Ludogorets from September 2014.
Against them are guests Sevilla who have managed to keep a clean sheet in every of their visits during last year’s group stage. Nevertheless, Sevilla eventually lost in England and that was another unsuccessful attempt of the Sevillistas to win at English turf. They have never won in five trips to England – 2 draws and 3 defeats.
Considering Liverpool’s attacking strength and their shaky defense, we believe that putting a stake on The Reds can be a winning bet here. We have two suggestions – one of them is betting on a clear win (1X2 Betting), while the other one is “Liverpool To Win and Both Teams To Score“, which looks perfect for those of you seeking greater odds.
Possible Lineups of Liverpool vs Sevilla
Venue: “Anfield”, Liverpool.
Referee: Danny Makkelie from the Netherlands.
Liverpool FC: Loris Karius – Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson – Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane. (4-3-3)
Sevilla FC: Sergio Rico – Gabriel Mercado, Simon Kjaer, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Escudero – Steven N’Zonzi – Jesus Navas, Ganso, Ever Banega, Pablo Sarabia – Wissam Ben Yedder. (4-1-4-1)