Liverpool vs Norwich for the English Premier League championship match on Friday at Anfield Stadium.
Liverpool may have partially healed the wounds of their Premier League title contention in June, but the new season comes again on Friday when they play for the first round.
Needless to say, Jurgen Klopp’s men will try the title again this season and have the dangerous task of opening their home campaign against a newly promoted team.
Liverpool is coming off a relatively bad preseason, a tiring summer of international football for some of their stars, and a defeat on Community Shield by penalties last weekend.
For Norwich, the task is mountainous. They were great at last season, but Friday night is the ultimate test of whether they have what it takes to compete at a higher level. Undoubtedly, it is one of the hardest games on the calendar.
It’s hard to know what to expect from Liverpool. Their preseason performances have been awful, with only 1 win in their last 5 friendly matches, but we all know it matters little when the competition starts to be official.
Norwich meanwhile has won 3 of their last 5 preseason games, beating Schalke, Luton and Toulouse between defeats at Brentford and Atalanta. Needless to say, coach Daniel Farke kept his attacking football mark, seeing the Canaries score 10 goals in these 5 games.
It’s the Norwich scoring record that is helping the forecast for this match. They have not failed to score in a competitive game since the FA Cup loss to Portsmouth in January, and away from home found the net in every game but one, last season.
Liverpool’s defence is undoubtedly excellent, but they conceded in 5 of the last 10 Premier League games in Anfield previous season, so I think there may be a goal from the away team. However, Klopp’s men had also won 16 of their 18 Premier League home games last year, so the best value seems to be a Liverpool win with goals.
My bet is over 3.5 goals.