Liverpool v Norwich City Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Liverpool v Norwich City

Premier League: Fri, 09/08  Stadium: Anfield

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Mohamed Salah may not have found the net in Sunday’s Community Shield, but looked in the mood to shoot on sight – at 3/1 with Bet365 he looks like a good shout to bag the first goal of the 2019/20 season. Liverpool to win by two goals at 3/1 also looks a good proposition, and could lend itself to a cashout opportunity during the game.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

The waiting is finally over as Champions League winners Liverpool entertain newly promoted Norwich City in the opening fixture of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Can European champions go one better? 

Rarely has a season started at Anfield with such optimism, as the current European champions look to go one better than last season’s second place and secure an elusive Premier League crown.

Thirty years will have passed come the end of this new season in May since the Reds last held aloft the league title, and manager Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to add Premier League glory to their European success.

Little has changed over the summer break for the Reds, with no high profile signings of note. Instead the squad has been trimmed to a much leaner number, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno released, and fringe players such as Simon Mignolet and Danny Ings departing, along with promising youngster Rafael Camacho.

The lack of transfer activity has agitated some fans, who have come used to transfer windows under Klopp featuring plenty of inbound activity. 

However with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back to play a full part this season after injury ruled him out of all but the backend of the last campaign, fans need not worry too much with this ‘new’ signing available to play a full part.

Exciting youngster Rhian Brewster looks ready to make the step up after an impressive pre-season, whilst Divock Origi has not been sent out on loan this time.

Naby Keita had a stop start campaign last time out due to a number of niggling injuries, and much will be expected of him this time out as Liverpool look to find that extra 1% improvement on last season which may be enough to topple defending champions Manchester City this time of asking.

Canaries back in the big time

Fast becoming a yo-yo club between the Premier League and the Championship, Norwich City are back for their fifth installment in the top flight after being one of the original founding members of the Premier League.

Under the management of Daniel Farke and the 30 goals of Finnish striker Teemu Pukki, the Canaries topped the Championship to secure a return to the top flight for the first time in three seasons.

Their last campaign was a one season affair, as they finished a disappointing 19th position in the 2015/16 season (a campaign which included a memorable 5-4 defeat at home to Friday’s opponents).

The top flight new boys have been fairly active in the transfer market, looking to bring in some experience as they face a tough battle to avoid a drop straight back into the Championship.

Full back Sam Byram has arrived from West Ham United, whilst Swiss international forward Josip Drmic brings pedigree, having been capped 32 times by his country and featured in two World Cups.

Whether those signings have really excited the fans remains to be seen, and the Canaries may still find themselves light in a few areas as the harsh realities of the top flight start to sink in.

Team News

Both sides have no major injuries to contend with as the new season kicks off, with players coming through pre-season relatively unscathed. For Liverpool Sadio Mane has only just resumed training after a gruelling African Nations Cup campaign with Senegal, and he may be given further time to recuperate with next week’s Super Cup clash against Chelsea also on the horizon.

The Canaries will have to decide whether to pair new signing Drmic with last season’s hero Teemu Pukki in a 4-4-2 formation, or go with the more conservative 4-5-1 formation and try to stifle Liverpool in the middle of the park.

Business as usual for Reds?

Last season saw Liverpool sweep pretty much all before them at Anfield, with champions Manchester City and Leicester City the only sides to escape without defeat on Merseyside.

Norwich will be hard pressed to avoid a crushing defeat, with perhaps the early season nature of the fixture and the fact Liverpool may not be quite up to full speed working in their favour as they look to avoid a demoralizing start to the campaign.

Mohamed Salah may not have found the net in Sunday’s Community Shield, but looked in the mood to shoot on sight – at 3/1 with Bet365 he looks like a good shout to bag the first goal of the 2019/20 season. Liverpool to win by two goals at 3/1 also looks a good proposition, and could lend itself to a cashout opportunity during the game.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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