Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were off to a great start to their new Premier League campaign as they managed to take all three points from a trip to the Emirates on the first day of the new season. The manager will be delighted with his team’s performances and though they shipped in three goals, they will be happy outscored the Gunners on the night. They will now travel to the Turf Moor on Saturday for their second match of the new season. This game was officially scheduled at Anfield but was shifted to Turf Moor due to the construction of the main stand at Anfield. Here is a preview of this game along with the team news, predictions, expected lineups and betting odds:
The game between Burnley and Liverpool will be played on Saturday the 20th of August at the Turf Moor stadium in Burnley. The kickoff is scheduled at 3:00 pm BST (7:30 pm IST).
Sean Dyche does not have too many injuries to worry about before this game. He will miss the services of Ashley Barnes who picked up a thigh injury and will the only absentee for this game. Jon Flanagan who made a loan move to Burnley will not be available for this game to face his parent club while new signing Steven Defour has expected a start in the midfield.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have plenty of injuries to the likes of Lucas Leiva, Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho and Sadio Mane all out for this game. However, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner are back in contention for a place in the starting XI for this game.
Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Defour, Marney, Boyd; Gray, Vokes
Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren Klavan, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge.
Phillipe Coutinho vs Steven Defour:
The little magician started the Premier League on a high note with a brace and will be the most important player for the club in the season. He will be up against a newcomer in Steven Defour in the midfield and will be hoping to get the better of him to give Liverpool their second consecutive victory in the league.
Burnley have never scored a Premier League goal against Liverpool, losing all four of their encounters with the Reds.
Liverpool have a 100% Premier League win record against the Clarets, one of three teams in the Premier League they boast this record against (also Cardiff and Bournemouth).
Of the Premier League clubs Burnley have faced four times, Liverpool are the only side to defeat them each time.
The Reds are also only one of two Premier League sides to have stopped the Clarets from scoring (also Swansea City).
Burnley’s last nine Premier League games have seen just seven goals scored, with Sean Dyche’s men scoring twice in the process.
By contrast, Liverpool’s last nine away games in the Premier League have contained 41 goals (4.6 per game on average).
Andre Gray has scored just once in his last 10 league games at Turf Moor.
Simon Mignolet could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming the third Belgian to reach this milestone after Marouane Fellaini (203) Vincent Kompany (220).
Mignolet saved a penalty against Arsenal on opening day, meaning he has now saved five of the 11 Premier League spot-kicks he’s faced for the Reds.
Burnley’s last home win over Liverpool in the league came on September 1974 (D2 L5 since). Their last home league goal against the Reds was scored by Ray Hankin in March 1975 – they’ve failed to score in six games since then.
Sadio Mane has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances in the Premier League.
Liverpool were destructive in the second half of the game against Arsenal and will be expected to maintain a similar intensity against Burnley this weekend. It will not be easy to beat them in Turf Moor but Klopp’s side will be favorites going into the game on Saturday.
Burnley 0-1 Liverpool
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