Kick-off: 1730, 12/09/2020
TV: Sky Sports
Liverpool begin the defence of their Premier League title by hosting Championship winners Leeds and are expected to prove a class apart at Anfield.
United look to have built sensibly ahead of a first top-flight campaign in 16 years, but this is a daunting test to kick things off.
The Reds beat newly-promoted Norwich 4-1 here in last term’s opening fixture and scored 10 times in their first three wins on Merseyside.
Jurgen Klopp will seek another flying start, so 29/20 for a home victory and over 3.5 goals in the game is our initial Liverpool vs Leeds prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Klopp described Liverpool’s early schedule as “interesting”, with games against Chelsea and Arsenal following on from this contest.
“It will be tough, really tough,” commented the German. “We just have to make sure that we are as ready as possible.”
Several players responded to last season’s runaway title triumph by insisting the hunger and desire is there to stay on top.
Allied to an ever-increasing confidence and self-belief flowing through this team, the vibes are that they will definitely not rest on their laurels.
Olympiakos left-back Kostas Tsimikas has arrived for an £11.75million fee, with Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana the notable departures, but more of the same looks the mantra on Merseyside.
Liverpool’s best period of play last season came between 30 minutes and half-time, netting a division-high 22 times during that period in all matches.
In Premier League home games, their aggregate scoreline was 13-2 in this section.
That makes 7/4 for the Reds to outscore United over this 15-minute stretch stand out from the Liverpool vs Leeds odds.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson may have to settle for a place on the bench having only returned to full training this week after a knee injury. Klopp will also make late calls on Xherdan Shaqiri and new signing Tsimikas.
A Look At Leeds United’s Betting Odds
Leeds ended up taking the Championship title by a 10-point margin from West Brom after closing with six consecutive victories.
Completing a permanent move for Portugal international Helder Costa is a good bit of business, along with getting Jack Harrison on loan from Manchester City again.
The Whites then stepped things up a notch by recruiting record signing Rodrigo, with the 29-year-old joining from Valencia for a reported £30m.
“It’s an honour for me,” said the Brazil-born Spain international. “When I arrived in Valencia I was at the time the most expensive.
“Of course, it’s not extra pressure, it’s something natural, something that is part of my professional life.
“I just want to work hard, feel comfortable and show my football and have a great performance.”
Most pundits are confident that United, under the guidance of hugely-respected head coach Marcelo Bielsa, will comfortably avoid a quick return to the second tier.
Facing the reigning champions first up is very much a baptism of fire, though.
A lack of atmosphere may also count against the visitors, who could find themselves chasing shadows against opponents possessing pace, movement and slick passing.
We’re snapping up 3/2 for the Reds to win both halves in our Liverpool vs Leeds betting tips.
Adam Forshaw is the only absentee as Kalvin Phillips returns to the squad after missing the final three games of last season due to a knee injury.
Newcastle 1-3 LIVERPOOL – Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi, Sadio Mane
LEEDS 4-0 Charlton – Ben White, Stuart Dallas, Tyler Roberts, Jamie Shackleton
Head-to-head: Liverpool 2-0 Leeds, Leeds 0-1 Liverpool, Leeds 2-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-1 Leeds
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