Brentford returned to the English Premier League to stay. No, the Bees aren’t title contenders, but they’ve proven, over and over, that they aren’t afraid of the powerhouses. They already defeated two teams sitting in the top five.
Liverpool still is the biggest threat to Manchester City, but the Reds haven’t won in its last three games. Another upset would be devastating, not only for the Reds, but also for the soccer betting enthusiasts who believe in them.
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Reds Missing Some Pieces
So, Mohamed Salah isn’t available. The Pharaoh is playing in the African Cup with Egypt. He has scored 16 goals, enough to lead Liverpool’s and the Premier League’s scoring sheet. Sadio Mane (Senegal) is also out.
Liverpool is still offering a -345 price in the sportsbook, giving you an idea on how good this team is. Yes, Salah and Mane are out, but Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, and Takumi Minamino will play. That’s the advantage of having a deep, talented roster. Jota follows Salah with 10 goals.
As I mentioned before, Liverpool hasn’t won in its last three EPL games. However, the Reds regained some confidence by crushing Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup. They also drew to Arsenal in the first leg of the EFL Cup semifinals.
Playing at Anfield is another boost of confidence. We’re talking about the only top-five team that hasn’t lost when playing at home, where they own a 6-3-0 record. I’m telling you, Anfield’s atmosphere is unique.
Naby Keita, also in the African Cup, and the injured Divock Origi are out as well.
“Nothing to do with who is not here, it’s all about how we can do better, and we can do better and that’s what we will do,” said manager Jurgen Klopp to the press.
Liverpool’s predicted lineup: Allison; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Curtis Jones, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino.
Brentford: Nothing to Lose
“The squad is well set up, interesting players, so many things really work together there that we have to be really aware of,” Klopp said of Brentford. See, I wasn’t kidding.
Brentford is sitting in 13th place, but the Bees have already defeated Arsenal and West Ham. Manchester City suffered a lot to beat them 1-0; same as Chelsea. Most recently, they lost 4-1 to Southampton, but also crushed Port Vale in the FA Cup by the same score.
The Bees truly embrace the concept of team effort. Ivan Toney is the team’s top scorer with four goals, followed by Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa with three each. Mbeumo scored a hat trick in their FA Cup victory so he’s highly motivated. At the end of the day, any of them can take the reins of the attack.
Unlike Liverpool, the Bees will have all their top players available, making them an even more tempting betting online underdog. The counter-attack has worked very well for them as they scored six goals in their last five road games.
Brentford’s predicted lineup: Alvaro Fernandez; Mads Sorensen, Pontus Jansson, Ethan Pinnock; Sergi Canos, Shandon Baptiste, Christian Norgaard, Mathias Jensen, Dominic Thompson; Bryan Mbeumo, Ivan Toney.
Liverpool vs Brentford Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 16
- Liverpool Victories: 9 (35 goals)
- Brentford Victories: 3 (21 goals)
- Draws: 4
The first meeting between these two was a goal-fest that finished 3-3. Brentford scored first thanks to Pinnock, but Jota evened the score at the end of the first half. Liverpool had the advantage twice during the second half, but the Bees managed to turn things around.
The Reds won possession with 68 percent but, as I mentioned before, Brentford is really good on the counter-attack.
Liverpool vs Brentford Information
- Date: Sunday
- Time: 9 a.m. ET
- Location: Anfield, Liverpool
- Liverpool vs Brentford Live Stream: fuboTV
Liverpool vs Brentford Betting Lines
Liverpool vs Brentford Prediction
Not having Salah and Mane might change Liverpool’s pace, but not its mentality. The Reds will go all-in to return to the winning column. Having played one game less than Manchester City allows them to remain in the title race. Brentford will put up another good fight.
Score Prediction: Liverpool 2, Brentford 1