Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool).
Liverpool and Manchester City took advantage of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw to Manchester United at the weekend and now these two likes sit lone at the very top of the Premier League standings with 23 points from 9 games so far. The Reds saw off Huddersfield Town 0-1 away at The John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday thanks to a goal from Mohamed Salah on Xerdan Shaqiri’s assist.
Jurgen Klopp mixed up his starting line-up leaving Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on the bench against the Terriers. While the Brazilian forward will start Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Red Star Belgrade from the first minute, Mane will most likely be left out once again through thumb injury. Nevertheless, Liv’pool should still have no troubles storming past Serbian champions due to an enormous gulf in quality between the two sides.
Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade Head-to-head
The two sides met each other 45 years ago in the second round of European Cup when Red Star Belgrade shocked the Reds with two separate 2-1 wins.
The team led by Milljan Miljanic earned a round of applause from the Kop when they left Anfield after the victory in the reverse fixture.
Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade Prediction
Things have changed a lot since the two teams last met each other and there is a massive wall between them in terms of quality at the moment. Red Star are a dominant force in their domestic league where they sit seven pints clear at the top of the standings with 11 wins and a draw in 12 rounds.
However, they felt the strength of the top class European football three weeks ago when PSG bagged as many as six goals past them in the second round of the competition.
Liverpool slipped up away at Napoli at the same time, conceding a last-gasp goal to lose 1-0 at Stadio San Paolo. They need a victory over the easiest opponent in the group and we expect them to secure it in the very first half of the affair.
Liverpool vs Red Star Belgrade Bet Tips
Liverpool -1.5 handicap in the first half @ 2.05 (21/20)
Liverpool -2.5 handicap @ 1.57 (4/7).