Liverpool: Rock Solid
Boasting a healthy 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Liverpool welcomes Inter Milan to Anfield for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday evening. You can live bet on the top European soccer leagues and competitions by using our sportsbook.
Jurgen Klopp’s side struck through Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at San Siro, with the Scudetto holders facing an uphill battle to keep their dreams of continental glory alive. After a perfect Group Stage record of six wins in six matches, Klopp’s side made it seven on the bounce and they enter this clash as huge favorites to win their eighth UCL consecutive match and double up on Inter Milan. The Reds are priced at -180 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds.
Having already placed the EFL Cup in their trophy cabinet and successfully booked their tickets to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, Liverpool’s quadruple dream is certainly well and truly alive for the hopeful Anfield faithful. Last weekend’s win over West Ham marked a 12th victory on the bounce across all competitions. Liverpool could become the first English club in history to win their opening eight games of a single Champions League campaign. It’s very important to note that Klopp has not lost on home soil in over a year.
During their sensational streak, the Reds have kept nine clean sheets and scored 28 goals, averaging two-plus goals netted. Barring a single loss in 1965, the hosts have a perfect winning record against Inter Milan throughout their history. On top of that, the Reds have won three on their last four mutual encounters against Serie A teams. Klopp’s men have lost just twice this season across all competitions and are one of the most consistent sides in the European soccer leagues.
Just to understand their attacking firepower, Liverpool has the best attack in the Premier League with 71 goals scored in 27 games. In comparison, 17 of the total 20 teams in their domestic league have yet to score 50 goals, and 14 of the total 20 are yet to touch the 40-goal mark. That’s why we will back them to win this clash and include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Klopp could choose to take Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane out of the attacking line with matches against Brighton and Arsenal, plus an FA Cup quarterfinal, coming up. Thiago Alcantara and Roberto Firmino both missed last weekend’s clash against West Ham and are expected to be in the starting lineup against Inter.
Inter Milan: Back to Winning Ways
Inter Milan ended a five-game winless streak with a positive result against Salernitana, which boosted morale going into the game against Liverpool. After the match, Inter’s assistant manager explained that the players suffer from emotional exhaustion more than physical and said they needed a spark against Salernitana to prepare for Liverpool in the Champions League.
Lautaro Martinez marked his first goal of the 2022 new year with a hat trick while Edin Dzeko added another two goals to his season tally in the second half to bring Nerazzurri to the second spot of the Italian League standings. Inter had lost five of their preceding seven meetings against other English teams. A huge blow for Inter is a suspension of influential midfielder Nicolo Barella. Simone Inzaghi is increasingly considering playing Roberto Gagliardini from the start in place of the Barella rather than Arturo Vidal, who started the first leg.
Ivan Perisic pulled up with a slight muscle problem moments before last weekend’s Serie A clash with Salernitana and Matteo Darmian took his place on the left. It was not initially clear whether the injury would be serious enough to cause him to miss Tuesday’s massive second leg against the Reds, but this should not be the case as he is expected to be fully fit in time. If you’re betting online, you should always take into consideration the injury problems but also the significant difference between the two sides.
No matter if they will rest many of their key players, Liverpool should have enough to win this clash and qualify in style in the quarterfinals. We’re taking them to win the match and combine that with both teams to score NO.
Pick: Liverpool and Both Teams to Score NO at +185