Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League 2017/18 – Group Stage
Date: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Otkrytiye Arena (Moscow).
Spartak Moscow celebrated their return to the Champions League with a 1-1 away draw at Maribor. One of the tough test awaits them on matchday 2 when the free scoring Liverpool come to Moscow. With Sevilla being the fourth team in the group, Spartak stand a chance for qualifying for the knockout stage if they do well in their home fixtures.
The Red Whites made a decent start to the season, but were completely outplayed by stronger teams. Out of the 14 matches played in all competitions so far, three are defeats, that came against the likes of Zenit, CSKA and Lokomotiv. The remaining 11 games saw 5 wins and 6 draws.
However, their main strength is the capability to score goals anywhere. They missed the find the target in 2 of their 14 games this season, which could prove handy in going against a team like Liverpool, whose defense will give you plenty of scoring chances.
Liverpool are an exciting team to watch as they are quite good in outscoring opponents. But, their attacking approach do come with a price. The Reds were only able to keep two clean sheets from their 10 competitive games so far this season and none in the 5 away games. The number of goals conceded in away games until now is 13, which can be put down as 2.6 goals per game.
Klopp’s men were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla on matchday 1, which make it extremely important to pick a win at Moscow.
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool: Head-to-head
The teams met on four previous occasions and the head-to-head is locked on 2 wins each.
Their first meeting back in 1992 Cup Winners’ Cup was won by Spartak with two clear wins – 4-2 at home and 2-0 at Anfield.
The most recent one was in the 2002/03 Champions League. Liverpool had their revenge this term with a 5-0 win at Moscow to go with a 3-1 home win.
Spartak’s overall record against Premier League clubs in UEFA competitions is pretty decent with the 17 games producing 9 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats. At home, the record is 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats from 8 matches.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 13 previous games against Russian clubs saw 7 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats. In Russian soil, it is 3 wins and 3 draws from 6 matches.
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool: Predictions
The teams are coming with good scoring record which makes both teams to score prime pick for this fixture. We can also point out that Liverpool tend to play with little pressure in away game, which inturn points out to an away win with both teams scoring a highly profitable bet.
Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool: Bet Tips
Liverpool to win with both teams scoring for 3.25 odds
To Score any-time: Mohamed Salah for 2.25 odds.
Worth a try – Both teams scoring in the first half for 4.00 odds.