Hoffenheim v Liverpool Tips and Betting Offers, Champions League, Tuesday 15th August
Can Liverpool move closer to a place in the Champions League group stage with a win in Germany on Wednesday night? Jurgen Klopp heads back to his homeland for a clash with up and coming German manager Julian Nagelsmann, who has guided Hoffenheim into the Champions League for the first time.
Will he be able to take them through a tough qualifier against five time European champions Liverpool? We expect to see a tight first leg here.
Liverpool may be away from home to Bundesliga opposition, but the bookies are confident in the English side. The visitors are 5/4 favourites with BetVictor, while Bet365 price the draw at 12/5 here. The hosts are 9/4 with Betfair to claim the win, which is probably down to their lack of European experience. Can Nagelsmann make up for that, after they overachieved under his watch in the Bundesliga? Whatever you fancy, be sure to check out all the latest free bets on offer for this game.
The Reds have had a difficult summer, which started off quite well. Early business seemed on the way, but only Andy Robertson has followed Mo Salah to Anfield. Several targets have been priced out of Liverpool’s reach, and now key man Phillippe Coutinho is being sought after by Barcelona. Can they hold on to the Brazilian?
Losing this tie would only make Coutinho more anxious to go, as he’d obviously prefer the Champions League with Barca to the Europa League at Anfield. That’s added a little extra pressure on to what is a huge game. The Reds need to compete at this level, and a manager like Klopp will expect to compete in the group stage.
In our eyes, the hosts are being unfairly written off. While they lost a couple of key names in the summer, they should still prove to be a difficult test for the Reds. Both managers enjoy a high pressing game, and that should make for an interesting tie, but it could also mean that goals aren’t as likely as we had expected. We do see both teams getting on the scoresheet, while we think it’s worth backing BTTS even when it’s a tad short at 8/13 with Betfred. Mind you, after Liverpool’s 3-3 opener with Watford and their awful defence, that’s actually good value!
We do see this one finishing level, as Liverpool don’t really need to go out and claim an away win right now. A draw suits them perfectly well, and they aren’t going to underestimate the Germans. We think this one will finish level, so the draw looks like great value at 12/5 with Bet365. A 1-1 draw also seems like good value at 11/2 with Ladbrokes here. With two high pressing sides coming face to face, we think chances will be hard to carve out, although 2-2 remains a decent bet too at longer odds.
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