EUROPA: Champions League – group stage
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
According to drawing procedure of the group Champions League tournament that has happened on the 24th of August in Grimaldi Forum Monaco the participants of the 5th quartet became the champions of Russia and Slovenia, that is Spartak Moscow and Maribor and also the finalists of the 2016 Europa League Sevilla and Liverpool.
According to the experts the bright favorites of this group are the teams of Jürgen Klopp and Eduardo Berizzo. And during the first round the 4th winners of EPL and La Liga are going to meet with each other.
Liverpool England (the head coach Jürgen Klopp)
During the last round of the national championship, Liverpool has experienced humiliating defeat in the away match against Manchester City (5:0). And now for the team of Jürgen Klopp is very important (especially in psychological aspect) not to get stuck on this defeat.
The bid of Liverpool for the game against Sevilla is lacking of injured Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana. But the chief “sticker” of the reds Philippe Coutinho who hasn’t moved to Barcelona in summer has to return to the starting line-up.
Sevilla Spain (the head coach Eduardo Berizzo)
Contrary to Liverpool, the Spanish grandee during its last match in Spanish La Liga has devastated the Basque club Eibar (3:0). The squad of ex-champion of Europa League is proud of Paulo Henrique Ganso, Wissam Ben Yedder and Nolito.
It is obvious that while mentioning the current rival of Liverpool we recollect immediately super strong and unstoppable team of Unai Emery (2016). But now, to a large extent, only memories about Kevin Gameiro, Vitolo, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Adil Rami are left. And irreplaceable earlier Éver Banega isn’t even included into the starting line-up.
Now the main football players in the team of Eduardo Berizzo are Nolito, Wissam Ben Yedder, Gabriel Mercado, Clément Lenglet. Essentially, this is absolutely new team which is just creating and mastering its game. And if to compare current attacking strength of the rivals, the hosts of Anfield have more chances for their first winning in the Champions League after 3 years absence.
Liverpool – 1.75, draw – 4.00, Sevilla – 5.00;
to win - odds 1.68 5Dimes