Champions League, Group E Prediction: Liverpool vs Red Bull, Napoli vs Genk

Champions League Group E
Champions League Group E
Champions League, Group E Prediction:  Liverpool vs  Red Bull,  Napoli vs  Genk European Leagues UEFA Champions League
Champions League Group E

Liverpool vs Red Bull

Stadium: Anfield

Betting Odds: Liverpool 1.30; Draw 6.00 ; Red Bull 8.50

Probability of Win: Liverpool 73%; Draw 16% ; Red Bull 11%

This will be the very first time these teams have ever met in European competitions, Salzburg becoming Liverpool’s 129th opponent and also the 76th, that Red have met in this competitions.

They are the fourth side from Austria to face the Reds, in Austria Vienna, Swarovski Tirol as well as AK Graz – Salzburg aide instructor Rene Aufhauser was in the Graz team that won at Anfield in 2004.

The English teams Salzburg have previouslyy faced are Blackburn (UEFA Cup 2006-07) and Manchester City (Europa League 2010-11), losing on both brows through to England and also conceding five without scoring one.


Injury Concern: Alisson Becker, Shaqiri, Clyne

Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita are both ruled out. Klopp is expected to retain the starting XI from their recent win over Sheffield United though James Milner is pushing for a start with Georginio Wijnaldum most likely to sit out. Joe Gomez is another hoping to feature from the off meaning if he does Joel Matip drops to the bench.

Predicted XI: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Red Bull

Injury Concern: Bernede, Haaland

Match Day Squad

Haaland is doubtful because of illness and will be racing against time to gain Matchday fitness. Jesse Marsch, the first American to coach in the Champions League, does however miss Antoine Bernede for the trip to Merseyside. If Haaland does miss out then Sekou Koita is expected to partner Hee-chan Hwang up front.

Predicted XI: Stankovic; Kristensen, Ramalho, Wober, Ulmer; Szoboszlai, Junuzovic, Mwepu, Minamino; Hwang, Koita.

Napoli vs Genk

Stadium: Luminus Arena

Betting Odds: Napoli 1.40; Draw 5.00 ; Genk 7.50

Probability of Win: Napoli 68%; Draw 19% ; Genk 13%


Injury Concern: Maksimović

Ancelotti has been left with a selection dilemma in defence after both Kostas Manolas and Nikola Maksimovic sustained injuries against Brescia. With the pair likely to sit out the fixture in Belgium, Kalidou Koulibaly and Mario Rui should start in the centre of the backline. Lorenzo Insigne could be handed a recall in attack, potentially in place of Fernando Llorente.


Match Day Squad

Predicted XI:  Meret; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Mário Rui; Callejón, Allan, Fabián Ruiz, Insigne; Milik, Lozano


Injury Concern: Vukovic, Neto Borges, Ndongala


Match Day Squad

Predicted XI:Coucke; Mæhle, Lucumí, Dewaest, Uronen; Hrošovský, Hagi, Berge; Ito, Samatta, Ndongala