Liverpool will be desperate for three points at Burnley on Boxing Day following a winless run of three games. Can they grab themselves the victory they desperately need?
The pressure is very much on Reds manager Brendan Rodgers following his side suffering a dismal run of form since October. They drew against a poor Hull City side and followed that up with three consecutive defeats. A couple of subsequent wins was followed by two draws against Arsenal and Sunderland and a thorough defeat by Manchester United, hardly consistent form.
Despite Rodgers remaining optimistic that Liverpool can maintain their ambition of finishing in the top four at the end of the season, we feel that they could struggle against a Burnley side which has been showing signs of improvement of late.
The visitors start this match as firm favourites across the bookies to clinch the points on Boxing Day, Coral offering best odds of 17/20 for an away win. We feel slightly differently however and believe that the Reds will struggle to beat a Burnley side that is unbeaten in four games at Turf Moor.
Indeed, the Clarets have managed eight points from their last four home matches and although we don’t anticipate a home win on this occasion, we believe that they can force Liverpool to settle for a draw, despite the visitors enjoying a confidence boosting 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the weekend.
We expect both teams to score, however in the absence of Sturridge it remains unclear where the Reds’ goals will come from. Rickie Lambert enjoyed a decent spell, however apart from that, few of the Liverpool strikers have been in anything approaching top form, so we’ll be avoiding the anytime goalscorer market on this occasion.
Instead, we’ll be backing the match to end in a draw with both teams scoring. The Reds have failed to keep clean sheets in all but two of their last thirteen outings and we expect that record to continue on Friday. Burnley have scored in all but two of their last eleven games so it wouldn’t be any surprise to witness them scoring against a Liverpool side which is very much there for the taking.
Our betting tips
Match ending in a draw with both teams scoring – BetVictor 4/1
All odds were correct at time of posting.