Daniel Sturridge missing from Liverpool squad in Switzerland for Champions League clash
Liverpool made a winning start to their Champions League campaign by beating Ludogorets, with Brendan Rodgers now eyeing another three-point haul before the daunting prospect of facing Real Madrid home and away.
Beating Basel in Switzerland would push the Reds much closer to the knockout stage of the competition which is surely the minimum requirement this season, although all is not well at Anfield ahead of this match.
Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Ludogorets was far from convincing, with Middlesbrough only knocked out of the Capital One Cup on penalties, while Everton’s last-gasp equalizer at Anfield on Saturday ensured that the team’s winless run in the Premier League continued.
Daniel Sturridge is missing with injury and Mamadou Sakho is missing from the squad after leaving Anfield before the derby had even kicked off on Saturday. Being informed that he was surplus to requirements led to the defender seeing the red mist.
It’s hardly the ideal way to begin a campaign and the bookmakers appear to have overrated Liverpool’s chances of winning this game considering they have achieved just one victory in the last five matches.
Coral go 23/20 about an away win for the Merseyside club and it certainly feels a short price based on the fact that they face a side who beat Chelsea home and away in this competition last term.
While Basel were hammered 5-1 by Real Madrid a fortnight ago, it might be a different story on home soil and the Swiss champions look worth supporting in some shape or form.
BetVictor go 11/4 about a home win and that is surely way too big a price considering Liverpool have lost the winning habit now that they are fending without Luis Suarez in attack.
Mario Balotelli has largely fired blanks so far this term and gives little indication that he will be prolific, while the absence of Philippe Coutinho in the middle of the park also robs the team of creativity.
BETTING TIP: Basel @ 11/4 with BetVictor