Needing only a draw to secure a place in the last 16 of the European Champions League in 2017/2018, Liverpool will host Spartak Moscow on Wednesday 6 December at Anfield Road. The game is part of the schedule of the sixth and final round of the group stage and starts scheduled for 5:45 pm (Brasília time).
The English team leads the group E with nine points. It is followed by Seville with eight, and Spartak, who has six. The Maribor is the lantern with two and has no more chances to fight for a place on the final journey.
Liverpool’s recent performance
Even the defeat may be enough for Liverpool’s classification. In this case, however, the team would need to hope for Sevilla to be beaten by Maribor in Slovenia. The match takes place at the same time.
Certainly your fans do not want to depend on third parties. To avoid this possibility, a tie is sufficient to ensure classification. The victory not only guarantees the position, but also ensures that the team will be in first place.
The recent red campaign is capable of generating optimism. For the past eight games, Liverpool have had six wins and two draws. In the most recent clash against Brighton, away from home on Saturday, December 2, by the Premier League, thrashed by 5 to 1.
He went up this way to fourth place in the English Championship. He has 29 points (eight wins, five draws and two losses). The title fight, however, is out of the question. The difference for Manchester United, leader, is 14 points.
In this scenario, the Champions League is even more important. Coach Jurgen Klopp has virtually all of his top players available to face the Russians. The only casualties should be defenders Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip, bruised.
The current form of Spartak
Reaching the final round with chances of qualifying for the last 16 could be considered an achievement for Spartak, whose real goal was even third place and the possibility of playing the Europa League in the second half of the season. This is already guaranteed. A victory at Liverpool could make an upgrade by putting the team for the first time in history in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
In the last game before the duel in Liverpool, Spartak, away from home, beat Arsenal Tula 1-0 to reach five games without losing (four wins and a draw). He climbed that way to 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and three losses). It is the fourth placed in the Russian Championship. It has seven points less than the Lokomoti Moscow, leader.
Commanded by Italian coach Massimo Carreira, Spartak has a greater number of bruising problems. Defender Georgi Tigiev (three matches in the Russian Championship 2017/2018, no goal) are in the ward; and midfielder Jano Ananidze (five games without a goal), Dmitrij Kombarov (17 games without a goal) and Artem Timofeev (four games without a goal).
History of the matches Liverpool vs Spartak
The teams also faced each other in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League group stage. Liverpool won at home (5-0) and away (3-1). In the current season, there was a 1-1 draw in Moscow in the first round.
Even if you need the win, Spartak should not change the way you play. It will most likely be locked in the defense waiting for the opportunity to counterattack. He will only leave the rival in the second half of the final stage if the score remains the same.
The same can be said about Liverpool. Naturally offensive, the team must take the initiative of the game despite needing only the draw. With clearly superior technical quality is the best guess option with a price of 1.20 in Rivalo. The return to tie is 6.50 and Russian success multiplies the investment by 13.00.