EUROPA: Champions League – group stage – Matchday 2
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
The first home match for Spartak Moscow in the current championship of the Champions League in Moscow will be held. In the first round Spartak wasn’t able to win over Maribor and now it will host Liverpool that is stronger and more experienced opponent. The Reds in the first round had met with Sevilla and had managed to gain only the draw (2:2).
The Russian club is now experiencing deep crisis and that is why the chances of the team are very poor. If the football players had saved the form of the last season the competition with other three teams from the group would be rather interesting but now the chances for success are minimal. Even Maribor with its primitive game became a real problem for Spartak. The problems of Spartak are hidden in players’ motivation, in injuries of several leaders - Glushakov, Zobnin, Zé Luís, Tigiyev.
Liverpool isn’t also ideal today but the reasons of failures of the English club are more obvious. The leaders of the team have lost steam and Coutinho was dreaming about Barcelona this summer. Moreover, Klopp has few really experienced football players who are able to double-dealing game. But the talent and the chances of the Reds must be also mentioned, as well and the lack of injured and disqualified football players that is one more plus for Liverpool.
Liverpool will have to overcome the defense of Spartak that is built by the expert of defensing tactics Massimo Carrera in Moscow. But the problem of Spartak is the loss of Glushakov, Zobnin that has created a real hole in the central zone. This hole will be closed by Fernando, Pašalić and Ananidze whose game is not perfect.
Liverpool to win - odds 1.7 Bet365
Bearing in mind that Spartak has some problems in the center there are some doubts that the club will make a shut-out. In this case it will be wise to use Total Over.
Our tip: Total Over (2.5) - odds 1.76 Pinnacle