Kick-off: 1945, 24/09/2020
Stadium: LNER Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has not taken the EFL Cup too seriously in the past but would no doubt like to get past Lincoln this week.
The Reds have a number of new recruits and fringe squad members who should benefit from some playing time in this competition ahead of bigger tests.
We’re going with a professional away win to nil at 91/100 for our first Lincoln vs Liverpool prediction.
A Look At Lincoln City’s Betting Odds
Lincoln have hit the ground running at their own level, beating Oxford and MK Dons to be among the early pacesetters in League One.
Michael Appleton’s men have also enjoyed a couple of nice victories in this competition, prevailing 2-1 at Crewe and 5-0 at Bradford.
After Tom Hopper’s 78th-minute decider secured a 2-1 success in Milton Keynes on Saturday, Appleton turned his thoughts to this mouth-watering tie.
“We will regroup and make sure the lads have the balance right between now and Liverpool,” he told the club website.
“It is a great game for the football club, especially with the game being on Sky.
“We have a reasonable idea about how they play and how they set up, they are really good at it, so we will work hard throughout the game.
“We will need to be clinical when and if we get opportunities.”
The Imps are still only rated a mid-table team in our book, though, and are expected to struggle against even a much-changed Liverpool outfit.
Looking at the 27/4 for a 3-0 away win.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool put in a lacklustre defensive effort when edging out Leeds 4-3 in their Premier League opener but sharpened up for Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Chelsea.
Klopp will now have one eye on Monday night’s tough clash with Arsenal at Anfield when mulling over his options for the trip to Sincil Bank.
However, the German does have quite a few top-notch players crying out for some involvement and will be keen to sharpen them up in case they are needed in the coming weeks.
Adrian will be an able deputy for Alisson between the sticks, while £11.7million summer signing Kostas Tsimikas could come in for his debut in defence.
Wales full-back Neco Williams is another solid option at the back and it would be no surprise to see James Milner, Takumi Minamino, Thiago or Naby Keita given a run-out in midfield to boost their fitness.
Going forward, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi and £40m capture Diogo Jota are potential alternatives.
The Reds claimed a routine 2-0 victory at MK Dons at this stage 12 months ago and seem in good shape to field a strong enough side to progress here.
Let’s add 5/2 for the visitors to lead 1-0 at half-time to our Lincoln vs Liverpool betting tips.
MK Dons 1-2 LINCOLN – Jorge Grant (pen), Tom Hopper
Chelsea 0-2 LIVERPOOL – Sadio Mane (2)
Head-to-head: Liverpool 2-0 Lincoln, Lincoln 1-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-3 Lincoln, Lincoln 4-2 Liverpool
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