You can generally look at any given match up in the world of soccer and have a pretty decent idea of how things might play out. The fact that we see upsets and shock results every week of the season tells you that you cannot rely on how things look on paper alone. There are a ton of different factors that come into play, including the injuries that teams might be carrying, as well as the number of games that a team has played over the course of a couple of weeks. Let’s preview one of the upcoming matches for matchweek 35, along with their Premier League odds.
Burnley Vs Liverpool Game Preview
While the best teams in the world would love to play their best eleven players every single game, the reality is that squad rotation matters, which is why we sometimes see those very good teams struggle against opponents that they should be able to handle easily enough. The problem for Liverpool is that that title is all wrapped up and there is nothing more to play for. We cannot really expect them to come out and blow teams away when there is little motivation to do so. That is something to keep in mind when they host Burnley on Saturday as a 1 ½ goal favorite. The goal total for this one is set at 3 ¼.
Why bet on Liverpool
No matter what happens from here on out, you cannot deny that this has been a magical season for Liverpool. They hoisted the title for the first time in 30 years and did so in some considerable style. Really the only thing they have left to play for at this point is to set some records along the way. Is that something that the players are motivated to do, or are they simply satisfied with finally bringing a title to their city after such a long time? The results have been a little up and down, with the down being a 4-0 loss to Manchester City, although they did bookend that defeat with wins against Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, outscoring those two by a combined 6-0. Liverpool are a perfect 17-0-0 at home this season, scoring 46 and surrendering 12.
Why bet on Burnley
With 5 games left to play in the season, Burnley still have an outside shot at getting into a Europa League spot, but they would likely need to be perfect and still hope for some help along the way. In reality, this looks like a team destined for a mid-table finish, which is not likely to be too disappointing for the fans of Burnley. Right now, they are sitting on 46 points, which has them in 10th, but they could move up a spot or two if they can get something out of their Wednesday game on the road to West Ham. In their last 3 meetings with Liverpool, Burnley have lost all 3 and have been outscored by a total of 10-3. On the road this season, they are 5-4-7, scoring 15 and giving up 26.
General Match Info Burnley F.C. Vs Liverpool F.C.
- When: Saturday, July 11 at 10 AM EST
- Where: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool
- Burnley Vs Liverpool Live: NBCSN
- EPL Odds: Burnley wins +823 / Liverpool wins -357 / Draw +442
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It is a little dangerous to wager on Liverpool the rest of the way given that the title is locked up, but I still think that their class will shine through here as they cruise to another home win.
Pick: Liverpool 3 Burnley 0