Liverpool dragged their near-faultless pre-season back on track thanks to a 2-0 win over AC Milan in Santa Clara, California, with Jurgen Klopp’s band of travelling Reds now due 2,000 miles east in St. Louis, Missouri for a friendly with Roma.
Klopp’s men have only conceded once in six summer fixtures so far, going down 1-0 to Chelsea soon after arriving on the west coast last week, meaning none of their matches have seen both sides scoring, with each won to nil.
While it is true that four of those fixtures were away to Tranmere, Fleetwood, Wigan and Huddersfield, all playing at Championship level or lower, seeing off a Milan outfit in fine goalscoring form without being breached warrants credit.
Vincenzo Montella’s new charges went into the game having beaten Bayern Munich on penalties, after playing out a 3-3 draw with the German giants, so Liverpool needn’t worry about Roma’s striking, yet surely false, summer form in front of goal.
Former Manchester City regular Edin Dzeko bagged four before half-time as Luciano Spalletti’s men’s trip to the Italian Alps kicked off with a 16-0 (you read it right) thumping of local side AC Pinzolo, suggesting the Giallorossi didn’t plan their summer as carefully as they might have.
More goals followed in a 3-2 victory over Russian Premier League outfit Terek Grozny, but this will be Roma’s first 2016 pre-season fixture away from home shores, and only their third overall, while Liverpool are already six games deep, two of them in America, into an eight-match schedule.
Two of bwin.com’s bets come to mind ahead of the Busch Stadium clash, with ‘Both teams scoring in the match – Yes’ at 4/7 swerved in favour of the odds-against 5/4 about at least one failing to find the net.
Considering Liverpool have won five of their six pre-season fixtures without having to retrieve the ball from their own net, 17/5 on Klopp’s men seeing off Spalletti’s to nil looks the pick of the punting bunch.
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