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BETTING PREVIEW - WATFORD vs LIVERPOOL - ENGLAND PREMIER

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What a wacky game that was last night between Arsenal and Leicester. The Gunners came from a goal down to beat the 15/16 Champions, and their is no doubting that they deserved the win. Nevertheless, Arsene Wenger has to be worried about a defence that has more holes that Emmantel cheese, and it’s hard to imagine them holding out against the bigger teams. We want to start our betting day with this EPL game, and we will come back with a few more during the day!

Liverpool finished a 17 point fourth to Chelsea in last years league title. That means Juergen Klopp’s men will qualify for Champions league if they can get by German club Hoffenheim in a two legged play-off. The first round of that will take place on tuesday evening, so the Reds will want to hit the ground running. 

The Merseyside club are sixth favourites at 12/1 to win the league title, probably fair odds if we consider the improvement they showed last season. However, other factors need to be taken into consideration, since unlike last season Liverpool have European football. 

Then their are two other factors make 12/1 appear realistic odds. They are star player Philippe Coutinho wanting to leave for Barcelona, and the club failing to strengthen the squad. If Coutinho does get his way, Klopp and the Liverpool board will almost certainly need reinforcements. The problem is that replacements won’t be easy to find this late in the day!

Irrelevant of how the Coutinho situation plays out, the Brazilian isn’t available for this season opener.  The 25-year-old misses the game with a back injury, and he will be joined by Daniel Sturridge (thigh). Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne are also sidelined, and so is reserve goalkeeper Adam Bogdan. Summer signings  Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson are all ready to play if required.

A thirteenth place finish wasn’t enough for Watford to maintain their relationship with manager Walter Mazzarri, he’s been replaced by Marco Alexandre Saraiva da Silva for the season ahead. The 40 year old Portuguese had a stint at relegated Hull last season, and before that he was at Greek club Olympiakos.

Watford strengthened their squad during the summer, and record signing Andre Gray is in line to make his debut. Richarlison from Fluminese and Tom Cleverley (Everton) are other notable signings who are likely to fit straight in to the starting XI. Other newbies Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) and Will Hughes (Derby) are likely to be included in the squad, but are less likely to start. On that note, Troy Deeney will need to pass a fitness test if he’s going to start. The skipper had an operation just four weeks ago, so we would doubt his participation. Players who won’t be involved include injured Craig Cathcart, Christian Kabasele, Mauro Zarate, Tommie Hoban and Brice Dja Djedie.

PREDICTION

The Reds looked really good in pre season, and one of their wins was against the mighty Bayern (0-3). Whichever way we look at it, Liverpool are the class act and should win this season opener. Last Season Klopp’s men won this fixture 0-1 and the reverse 6-1!

BET: LIVERPOOL -1

Odds: 2.00 IBC