Prediction: Liverpool vs Atalanta
Verdict: Dwelling rob
Perfect odds: 4/6
The 2020/21 season within the Champions League resumes this week, with round four of the neighborhood stage up next. In neighborhood D, Liverpool are role to host Atalanta at Anfield on Wednesday. The opposite match of the neighborhood will more than seemingly be performed between Ajax and Midtjylland in Amsterdam.
The controversy this screech day when the Premier League champions are interesting largely revolves all over the a huge selection of accidents that own struck the squad, however the truth stays that Liverpool are undefeated since their surprising 7-2 loss away to Aston Villa in early October. Between then and now, they performed an total of eight matches in all competitions, winning six and drawing twice – handiest city opponents Everton and arguable title opponents Manchester Metropolis managed to jam a degree at Goodison Park and the Etihad, respectively.
For the time being, Liverpool top Neighborhood D with a most of 9 functions from the previous three rounds. They first beat Ajax in Amsterdam by 0-1, then Midtjylland at Anfield by 2-1, earlier than destroying Atalanta in Bergamo by 0-5.
Within the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s men are 2d to Tottenham Hotspur on goal-difference, with each groups standing at 20 functions. Their 3-0 rob over Leicester Metropolis about a days ago used to be in particular spectacular, and in opposition to all odds, the Reds are for the time being on factual originate.
Klopp received’t be in a insist to call upon his two first-desire centre-backs for a actually prolonged time yet. Each and every Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with excessive knee accidents. Admire Van Dijk, midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been out since the Everton recreation in October, and the supervisor has confirmed the light Bayern Munich man light isn’t abet in group coaching. Captain Jordan Henderson picked up an damage on international responsibility final week, as did Xherdan Shaqiri. Appropriate-abet Trent Alexander-Arnold is out with a calf enviornment which hit him on the Etihad. Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to characteristic this season, and right here's any other recreation he’ll omit. Naby Keita went off with a hamstring enviornment in opposition to Leicester.
The factual news for the Merseysiders is that Mohamed Salah has examined negative for Covid-19 after beforehand making an strive out sure twice, and he is in rivalry for this recreation.
Joel Matip paired up with Fabinho on the abet on Sunday, but for this one, Klopp may possibly well well well opt to supply a gamble to 19-twelve months-ancient Rhys Williams, who has up to now done very neatly when known as upon. James Milner performed correct-abet, but Neco Williams made a first fee cameo and may possibly well well well be given a commence right here. In midfield, Klopp is at threat of title Georginio Wijnaldum, and may possibly well well well he be relieved of the correct-abet responsibility, Milner is at threat of play alongside the Dutchman and young Curtis Jones within the absence of Henderson and Keita. Upfront, Klopp is at threat of title his most standard trio of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, but he may possibly well well well also capture no longer to position the Egyptian straight abet into the fray and commence the in-originate Diogo Jota as a substitute.
The Serie A aspect for the time being take a seat in third role within the neighborhood with four functions from the previous three matches, having beaten Midtjylland away by 0-4 and drawn 2-2 away to Ajax. They're ahead of the Dutch group on mere goal-difference, and it seems they will be fighting for the closing role which outcomes within the knockout stages alongside Liverpool till the dwell.
In Italy, Atalanta rob the role number seven correct now, with each Napoli above and Lazio below on the equivalent tally of 14 functions. Atalanta had been amongst the extra prolific groups in Europe’s top 5 leagues till barely these days – since the triumph away to Midtjylland, they’ve handiest managed to rob one amongst the six video games they performed. They scuttle to the north-west of England on the abet of two draws – an encouraging one in opposition to Inter Milan which ended with a goal apiece, and a hugely underwhelming, goalless one away to Spezia.
The Spezia recreation had one sure aspect to it – left-abet Robin Gosens, midfielder Marten de Roon, centre-abet Jose Luis Palomino and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini all returned to action following varied damage considerations. Coach Gian Piero Gasperini will, on the opposite hand, be with out defender Mattia Caldara, who seemingly received’t play earlier than the turn of the twelve months due to the a knee enviornment. Midfielders Ruslan Malinovskyi and Fabio Depaoli own been ruled out as neatly.
Each and every groups need the functions on offer on this recreation, with Liverpool taking a eye to mathematically proper passage to the round of 16 and Atalanta making an strive to be there with them, potentially no longer looking out on Midtjylland doing them a favour in opposition to Ajax.
Nonetheless if Gasperini’s men fell to a 5-goal defeat at dwelling in opposition to Liverpool, it’s tough to search them having any practical hope of warding off the equivalent at Anfield, the put handiest Atletico Madrid own managed to pull off a shock in fresh years.
Verdict: Dwelling rob
Perfect odds: 4/6