Following a highly entertaining encounter in Germany last week, two of the biggest names in at the qualification stage meet in the Champions League Qualifying final round, with a place in the group stages at stake. The loser of this one however will be resigned to a season of Europa League football which adds to the importance of the tie.
UEFA Champions League Qualifier (Final Round) – Liverpool vs Hoffenheim (2nd Leg) – 23/08/17.
Kick off 19:45 GMT – Anfield Stadium
Aggregate Score 2-1
- Liverpool – Best Odds 4/6 (Match Winner)
- Hoffenheim – Best Odds 9/2(Match Winner)
- Draw – Best Odds 10/3
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be delighted to be holding a 2-1 aggregate lead going into the match at Anfield as they rode their luck at times in Germany. Scoring two away goals could be a decisive factor in this tie too and reds faithful will be hoping that advantage can push them towards the Champions League and the adulation that comes with it.
Domestically, Liverpool have had an unbeaten start without particularly impressing. An opening day draw with Watford was followed up by a scrappy 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at home on Saturday. Reaching the Champions League was a season goal last term and the reds know they are only one game away. More about odds and predictions to this and many othe games, you’ll find on online-betting.org.
The Philippe Coutinho transfer saga looks to have come to an end, with Barcelona’s third bid of over €110 million euros being rejected. Now the Liverpool fans will be desperate to see him back in a red shirt as soon as possible.
In their first ever Champions League encounter last week, the Germans acquired themselves well and will feel a little unlucky to be heading into this second leg with a goal deficit.
Andrej Kramaric’s missed penalty could turn out to be costly in the scheme of the tie and he and his team mates will be eager to make amends at Anfield.
The likes of former Arsenal man Serge Gnabry and Sandro Wagner caused problems in the first leg and they will be desperate to impress once more and propel Julian Nagelsmann’s side to victory and Champions League qualification.
Head to Head
Due to the history of both of these sides in European competition, their head to head records perhaps don’t mean too much in the context of this tie.
Last Tuesday’s first leg was the first ever competitive meeting between Liverpool and Hoffenheim.
With the huge amount at stake for both teams, Wednesday’s result promises to have a huge impact on Liverpool’s and Hoffenheim’s season(s).
Odds and Predictions
Liverpool are the heavy favourites for this tie due to their European caliber and recent history in both the Europa League & Champions League. Betfair have the reds best priced at 4/6 to win in 90 minutes whilst Hoffenheim seemingly have it all to do at 9/2 with Bet365. The draw is priced at 11/4, also with Bet 365.
Champions League ties, no matter what stage of the competition are generally cagey affairs due to the quality of teams on display. As a result the ‘To Qualify’ bet could be a good move – especially with most bets taking place in the 90 minute market.
Liverpool don’t represent great value at 1/8 with Sky Bet. Hoffenheim will be hoping to make the game go the distance and frustrate Liverpool and if things go to plan for them could well be a good bet at 8/1 with Betway to progress.
The ‘Draw no Bet’ market also offers a chance to back Liverpool at odds of 1/4 or Hoffenheim at 11/4, with the security of receiving your money back if the game finishes level after 90 minutes
Second legs are normally last chance saloons for teams so with the attacking prowess on display, goals could perhaps be expected. Liverpool know that scoring once means Hoffenheim have to score at least another 3 goals in order to go through – which should open the game up and encourage a more attacking approach from both teams.
Over 2.5 goals in the match (90 minutes) at 1/2 (Coral) looks a shrewd move – particularly if one team scores early. Both Teams to Score could also be an attractive proposition – with both teams having found the net in the first leg – 4/7 with Sporting Bet could be worth pursuing.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be very keen to press home their advantage early on and put this game to bed. Backing a goal to be scored in the first 25 minutes is a lucrative 8/11 with Winner.
Top Betting Tip
Both teams to score and Liverpool to qualify pays a healthy 1.7/1 with Paddy Power as a double. Nowadays mobile Applications becoming more and more important, thats why of course also betting provider offer a lot of sports betting apps – find out which one is the best for you.