Liverpool vs Sheff Utd: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 30, 2019 9:29 AM UTC

Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 9:29 AM UTC

Anfield is a fortress right now...
<div><h2>Liverpool vs Sheff Utd</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Thursday, January 2, at Anfield</strong></a></p><p>Liverpool will bid to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League when they host a stubborn Sheff Utd at Anfield on Thursday. The Blades just suffered their first away defeat of the season when they lost 2-0 to Man City on Sunday evening. Now it will be up to Liverpool to replicate that feat and they should be able to pull it off. The Reds’ home form has been immaculate this season, with 10 wins from 10 games, and they are cruising to the title. They have a bigger squad than Sheff Utd and that can make all the difference at this time of year.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Liverpool went to the King Power on Boxing Day and thrashed second placed Leicester 4-0. Manager Jurgen Klopp made just one change for the game against Wolves on Sunday, with Adam Lallana coming in for Naby Keita, and he had a hand in setting up Sadio Mané’s goal in the 1-0 win. Klopp has options if he wants to shuffle his pack, but he may feel that four days’ rest is enough and send out all his big guns against Sheff Utd on Thursday. Liverpool have an FA Cup third round clash with Everton on Sunday, but that competition may not be a priority for the manager as his team are flourishing in both the Premier League and Champions League.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a><span style="font-size:29.7px">Sheff Utd held in-form Watford to a 1-1 draw on Boxing Day and Chris Wilder then made three changes for the game against Man City on Sunday. Callum Robinson and Lys Mousset came in for Oli McBurnie and David McGoldrick up front and Muhamed Besic was given the nod ahead of John Lundstram in midfield. Lundstram failed a late fitness test, but he could return in time for this game, while McBurnie and McGoldrick would provide a greater threat up front against Liverpool.</span></p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Sheff Utd were one of only two teams without a defeat on the road this season until they lost to Man City on Sunday. That loss may have dented their confidence somewhat as they prepare to visit the most intimidating stadium in England. Liverpool are now the only team without a defeat on the road, and they have won all their home games too. They have the quality and mental strength to grind out victory against Sheff Utd in this game. They will keep things tight at the back, and the likes of Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have the pace and ingenuity to unlock a strong Blades defence.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Ladbrokes">Liverpool to win and under 3.5 goals at 2.10 (11/10) with Ladbrokes</a></strong></p></div>
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