With Marsch’s men looking to get off to a flying start, Al Hain-Cole expects the floodgates to open early when the Reds visit Red Bull Arena
Liverpool will be hoping to book their place in the Champions League knockout stages when they travel to the Red Bull Arena to take on Salzburg on Tuesday.
The Reds go into the final Group E game in first place and need only a point to secure their spot, but could crash out of the competition completely should they fall to a surprise defeat.
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However, they are 4/5 (1.80) favourites with bet365 to seal top spot by coming out on top at the home of the Austrian champions.
Jesse Marsch’s men have only lost one of their last 20 European matches in front of their own fans, but are 14/5 (3.80) outsiders to make it through to the last 16 for the first time ever by pulling off a shock win.
A draw would most likely see the visitors finish behind Napoli in second place, and you can get odds of 16/5 (4.20) on them being forced to settle for a stalemate.
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Cican Stankovic, is back in contention following a thigh injury, although Sekou Koita, Patrick Farkas and Antoine Bernede remain sidelined.
Dejan Lovren will be assessed after limping off in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth, while Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana should be back in contention despite missing out with minor injuries. Fabinho and Joel Matip are long-term absentees.
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Salzburg vs Liverpool preview
With nothing less than victory enough for the Austrian outfit, they will be determined to come out of the blocks quickly in search of an early goal.
This is something they have done to great effect in their five previous group games, registering 10 of their 16 goals before the break including six of their nine at home.
However, they may face competition from Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have scored eight first-half goals in just their last three fixtures.
Salzburg vs Liverpool predictions
All in all, Even Money (2.00) looks like strong value on over 1.5 goals being scored before half-time in an exciting match between Salzburg and Liverpool.
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Over 1.5 first-half goals for a 1.5pt stake at evens (2.00) bet365