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STAR PREVIEW: Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda

Liverpool suffered a reverse in the last Champions League game week and have gone through a sticky patch of late, but the visit of Crvena Zvezda offers them a chance to get onto the winning trail once again.

In recent weeks we have not quite seen the swashbuckling style of Jurgen Klopp’s men in the early season as they’ve had to navigate a crucial set of fixtures. Their 1-1 draw with Chelsea was deserved, even if it took a late stunner to do it, but so was their 1-0 defeat at Napoli, where they didn’t have a single shot on target, and Riyad Mahrez’ awful late penalty saved them a point against Manchester City.

Their 1-0 win against Huddersfield might have been disappointingly functionally for some, but it was an important three points domestically after a bruising international break. One can also imagine that Liverpool supporters would have taken draws with Chelsea and Manchester City, and it’s interesting to note the increased resilience.

Crvena Zvezda or ‘Red Star’ are flying domestically, with 11 wins and a draw, but the Champions League is a different matter. They ground out a 0-0 draw against Napoli on Matchday 1 but the visitors hit the bar twice, had a shot cleared off the line, and dominated the play generally and then they were knocked for 6 when they went to Paris Saint-Germain, a defeat so bad that French investigators are probing allegations of match-fixing after French sports daily L’Equipe alleged that a senior Red Star official bet €5 million on the side losing by a five-goal margin to the French champions.

Liverpool’s victory over PSG was a late one but a deserved one and they have just as much quality going forward as PSG with Roberto Firmino surely set to return to the starting XI after being rested against Huddersfield whilst Mohamed Salah broke a rare dry spell with a well-taken goal.

Liverpool v Crvena Zvezda
Champions League, 20:00
Live on BT Sport 2 HD

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
NOV 1974 EUROPEAN CUP Liverpool 1-2 Red Star
OCT 1973 EUROPEAN CUP Red Star 2-1 Liverpool

This is all obvious, and it’s well known in the markets as well. Liverpool are just 4/7 with starsports.bet to cover a two-goal handicap and 5/4 to cover a three-goal handicap, which are both fair prices although a stretch to have a sizeable wager on.

The 8/11 on two or more first-half goals is of interest – Liverpool led 2-1 at halftime against PSG and PSG led 4-0 against Red Star in Paris – and that might be the best way to play a tricky contest betting wise.

RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)
BACK OVER 1.5 FIRST HALF GOALS 10 points at 8/11 with starsports.bet



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