Liverpool vs. Spartak Moscow / Champions League – The Group E of the Champions League is a rare one as before the last, sixth round not a single team has qualified for the knockout phase given that leading Liverpool currently has one point more than Sevilla and three than its next opponent Spartak Moscow. Thanks to fact that their first match played in Moscow had ended as draw 1-1 even a draw at Anfield will be sufficient to qualify the Reds to the round of 16.. Begins: 06.12.2017 – 20:45 CET
However, coach of the home team Klopp calls for caution ahead of showdown with Spartak, especially as the guests would overtake the Reds in the table if they win and left them without place in the round of 16, given it is widely expected that Sevilla will triumph over already written-off Maribor. We all know that Liverpool always play offensively and to win so it is quite realistic to expect that the home team will seek to win all three points in order to stay at leading place in the Group E.
The Reds have significantly improved their performances in the league ahead of this match where they moved up to the fourth place after the latest six-game unbeaten streak of five wins and one draw. Besides, they scored even eight goals in last two matches despite certain rotations that coach Klopp initiated, and now against Spartak we expect several new names in the starting eleven. Out of action are only injured defenders Clyne and Matip, while not fully recovered midfielder Lallana is questionable.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Karius – Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno – Milner, Can, Coutinho – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Mane
Regarding reigning champions of Russia we have said in the introduction that only victory at Anfield would take them to the round of 16, given that after five rounds they have three points fewer than leading Liverpool and two than second-placed Sevilla. Of course, everyone in the team is very much aware that winning the Reds is easier said than done but coach Carrera has stressed that they have nothing to lose as a draw wouldn’t bring any change to their position.
True, Spartak won by just one point from two previous away matches with Maribor and Sevilla, while at home, where it drew with Liverpol and soundly defeated Sevilla, it totally disappointed its fans in previous round as it merely drew 1-1 with already written-off Maribor. On the other hand Spartak won four consecutive matches in the Russian Premier League and the atmosphere in the locker room is good before match at the Anfield stadium. Due to injuries they cannot count on defenders Tigiev and Kombarov, and midfielders Ananidze and Timofeev.
Probable lineups Spartak Moscow: Selikhov – Eshchenko, Tasci, Kutepov, Jikia – Fernando, Glushakov – Samedov, Popov, Promes – Luiz Adriano
Liverpool – Spartak Moscow PICK
Given that the guests from Moscow only victory takes to the round of 16 we can expect that they play fairly offensively at Anfield, which perfectly suits Liverpool. If we judge by that the match could be another very attractive and efficient match on both sides.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 2.00 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)