Liverpool welcomes Burnley to Anfield on July 11, 2020, 0as the champions-elect of England continue to chase more records during this memorable season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are three wins away from setting a new points record in the Premier League and despite the Liverpool boss’ repeated proclamation that he is after wins, not records, the Reds are still chasing more. However, they will be facing a Burnley team that is still clinging to hope that they can snatch the final Europa League spot.
Liverpool has already clinched the Premier League title and they have broken records along the way. Most recently, they set the record for the fewest games played to win 30 games in a single season. Now the Reds have their sights on the league record for most points in a season. Liverpool is 30-2-2 this season with a total of 92 points and three wins in their final four matches will break City’s record of 100 points set in 2017-18.
In their last assignment, Liverpool defeated Brighton 3-1 earlier in the week. The match was over after 8 minutes as the Reds stormed to a quick 2-0 lead and never looked back. Now the Reds return to Anfield where they are 17-0 this season. They have won a total of 24 straight matches at their home field since January 2019 and it has been 57 matches since they were beaten here.
Mohamed Salah leads the Reds with a total of 19 goals scored this season. Sadio Mane has netted 16 times for Liverpool while Roberto Firmino has accounted for eight goals this year. Trent Alexander-Arnold has 12 assists to lead Liverpool while scoring three goals. Salah and Andy Robertson each have nine assists for Liverpool.
The Reds are the top defensive team in the Premier League with only a total of 26 goals conceded. They are #2 in scoring with a total of 75 goals scored this season. Liverpool is also ranked 1st in passing with a total of 61 assists this year. Their goal difference of 49 is second-best in England this term.
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Burnley’s recent run of success has seen them move up to 10th place in the English Premier League team standings. They are 14-7-13 on the year with a total of 49 points earned. Burnley is just two points away from European qualification with seventh place Sheffield United currently at 51 points. If they can get more positive results in their remaining games, there is a chance that they will head to Europe next season.
Burnley defeated West Ham 1-0 earlier in the week. The win gave them their 13th point in their last six away games, matching the total they earned in their previous 16 such matches. Burnley finished in 7th place in 2018 and went to Europe but last season, they barely breached the 40-point mark while placing 15th.
Chris Wood leads Burnley with a total of 11 goals scored this season. Jay Rodriguez has netted seven times while Ashley Barnes has found the back of the net six times this year. Dwight McNeil and Ashley Westwood lead the team with six assists each. Both players have also netted twice this term. Meanwhile, Erik Pieters has three assists for the away team.
Burnley is tied for 10th in goals conceded with a total of 46 allowed this year. They are 12th in goal scoring with a total of 38 goals scored this season. Burnley is also ranked 12th in passing with a total of 27 assists on the term. Their goal difference of -8 is also tied for 10th in the Premier League.
Liverpool has won nine out of the last eleven matches between these two sides. Burnley has one win and a draw during that period. These teams played at Turf Moor last August and the Reds won that match 3-0 behind goals from Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and an own goal by Chris Wood.
The Reds are still waiting if Jordan Hamilton’s knee injury, which he suffered against Brighton, will be serious enough to force him out of this contest. Joel Matip has been declared out of the season with a foot injury while fellow center back Dejan Lovren is also nursing an injury.
Burnley has been hurt by injuries and contract issues. Jack Cork, Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, and Ashley Barnes won’t be available for this contest. Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are expected to return to the starting XI while Jay Rodriguez should feature again.
Anfield has been a fortress for Liverpool as they have not lost a league match there since April 2017. Their record-breaking season continued as they became the fastest team to reach 30 wins in a single campaign following their latest triumph. Now Jurgen Klopp’s side needs nine more points from their final four assignments to break Manchester City’s 100-point season in 2017-18. They are also bidding to become the first team since Sunderland all the way back in 1892 to win all their home games in a single season. With those records still to achieve, there is no question that Liverpool is still hungry.
The Clarets are missing significant names but they have defied the odds and are still trying to push for a Europa spot. Burnley has won three out of its last four matches and they head to Merseyside with plenty of confidence after losing just one of their last 12 league matches. However, there’s just too much firepower on the side of Liverpool and I expect the Reds to continue their march towards greatness.
Prediction: Chelsea (-167)
Odds from BetOnline as of 07/10/2020
Seven out of Liverpool’s last nine home wins have come via a clean sheet. Burnley meanwhile, leads the Premier League with a total of 14 clean sheets this season. Six out of their last seven matches have seen the total go under 2.5 goals. These two teams are ranked 1 and 2 in clean sheets this year. Liverpool is a terrific scoring team but they are after points here not goals.
Prediction: Under 3 (+100)