Liverpool vs Leeds: how will the champion start?

Liverpool

12/09/2020, at 16:30 GMT
England. Premier League

Odds: 1.95

Leeds

In all six of the last official matches, Liverpool have played the "both to score" bet. Liverpool have won 18 of their 19 Premier League games at Anfield last season. The total over 2.5 has been played in four of Liverpool's previous six games at Anfield in the Premier League. The winning streak of Leeds in the championship is six matches. Leeds have won five of their six away league matches. Liverpool have beaten Leeds in six of seven face-to-face meetings. The teams last met in the League Cup in 2016, when Liverpool won 2-0.

Liverpool

After having an amazing last season, Liverpool will try to defend the title this year. More precisely, as Jurgen Klopp put it, the Reds will attack him again. True, against the background of competitors, the staffing of the team looks rather modest. For the entire transfer window, Liverpool acquired only the Greek defender Kostas Tsimikas, who was diagnosed with a coronavirus and he is not available for this match. On the other hand, the Reds did not sell anyone, keeping their lineup. Players of the academy are gradually catching up to the base, who may well achieve good progress under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp.

Jordan Henderson looks like a significant loss, still recovering from a knee injury. Djerdan Shaqiri and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain will not make it to this match.

Liverpool played four matches before the start of the new campaign, in which they won twice. In friendly matches, the Reds defeated Stuttgart (3:0), Blackpool (7:2) and drew with Salzburg (2: 2), whereas they lost on penalties to Arsenal in the England Super Cup match. The main time ended with the score 1:1.

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Leeds

Leeds returned to the Premier League after 16 years. Judging by the team's spending, the "peacocks" are going to stay in the elite after all. The expenses of the "whites" are one of the largest in the Premier League. Leeds spent about 69 million euros for this window. The most expensive purchase was the transfer of center forward Rodrigo from Valencia for 30 million. Also, the Peacocks invited Elder Costa from Wolverhampton for 17.70 million, Robin Koch from Freiburg for 13 million, Illan Monsieur from Lorien for 6.5 million and several other young footballers.

Unlike Liverpool, Leeds did not have friendly friendlies before the new season. It is not known if Marcelo Bielsa is going to swoop in to integrate new players into the starting eleven, but if so, his club may look unplayed. Note that Leeds finished last season with six wins in a row. Moreover, the “peacocks” conceded only two goals in these matches.

Prediction

Without a doubt, Liverpool are the absolute favorites of this match. Despite all the personnel losses and not quite a successful game in the English Super Cup, the Reds are simply obliged to dismantle yesterday's Championship team. Leeds will try to shine after their return and Marcelo Bielsa's charges look like a rather toothy team, although this is unlikely to help at Anfield.

Our prediction is a victory of Liverpool with a handicap (-1.5) for 1.95 in BC 1xBet

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