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Preston vs. Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
22 October 2021
Deepdale Stadium – Carabao Cup
Liverpool’s Carabao Cup campaign continues on Wednesday with a trip to face Championship side Preston. The Lilywhites have had a tough start to the season and are 1.32 in Spin Sports’ football betting online to lose to their Premier League opponents.
Liverpool beat Preston in a close-season friendly in 2014 with goals from Suso and Kristoph Peterson for the Reds coming after Josh Brownhill got the opener.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make a number of changes following the weekend trip to Manchester United. This should see Naby Keïta, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konaté and Konstantinos Tsimikas handed starts whilst Harvey Elliot, Curtis Jones and Divock Origi are all set to miss out .
Frankie McAvoy may hand a start to Tom Barkhuizen as the forward looks to regain match fitness. Scott Sinclair is expected to drop to the bench whilst Ched Evans, Isaiah Brown, Connor Wickham, Matthew Olosunde and Alistair McCann are all missing out through injury. Ben Whiteman impressed having been recalled against Coventry and is expected to start yet again.
Preston vs. Liverpool Preview and Predictions
The Carabao Cup round of 16 continues on Wednesday with Preston hosting Liverpool at the Deepdale Stadium. The Reds have the joint-most EFL Cup wins to their name but have not won the trophy since a penalty shoot-out win over Cardiff in 2012.
Liverpool go into Wednesday’s game as one of the in-form teams in Europe with Mohamed Salah in the form of his life. With the competition still at an early stage and Jugen Klopp’s side in the midst of a busy schedule, the manager is unlikely to field a full-stregnth XI, however, the replacements have proven to be more than capable already this season.
The emergece of Greek left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas has been a revelation for the Reds, finally providing competition to the over-worked Andy Robsinson. Against Preston the youngster will be given the opportunity to attack, already a strong point in his game.
Klopp’s use of marauding full-backs is well known and Frankie McAvoy will undoubtedly have a plan to stop it, with Preston likely to line up with wing-backs. However, if the Lilywhites’ start to the season is anything to go by, this may be easier said than done.
The hosts have conceded 16 goals in their opening 14 matches with their only clean sheets across the last ten matches coming in goalless draws. Unfortunately for Preston all the signs suggest this may be the end of their Carabao Cup journey.
Liverpool to win to nil at 2.5
Liverpool’s back line has been imperious since the return of Virgil van Dijk.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 1.57
Preston are conceding more than one goal per game in the Championship which does not bode well against Premier League opposition.