Liverpool vs Brentford – Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips 16/01/22, Team News and Lineups

14:00, 16 jan 2022
Liverpool looks to get their faltering title challenge back on track as they host Brentford. How will the Reds fare with two of their star marksmen on international duty? Read our free predictions and betting picks for the game here.

Bookmaker Ratings prediction one: To score in both halves – Liverpool – 2.1

Bookmaker Ratings prediction two: First half betting – Liverpool – 1.75

Bookmaker Ratings prediction three: Win and over 2.5 goals in the match – Liverpool – 1.75

Liverpool to win

Liverpool are winless in their last three matches but all of their opponents are in contention for Europe or the title. Liverpool should be able to get back on track against a Brentford side who have lost three of their last four.

We predict Liverpool 2-1 Brentford

Liverpool averages 2.6 goals per game in the Premier League, while winning six of their nine home fixtures so far. Brentford have the potential to score at least one as shown in the Bees’ 3-3 draw earlier this season against the Reds.

Liverpool – Win or Draw

Liverpool are unbeaten at home this season, we do not see this changing against a Brentford side who have won two from ten away matches this season.

Both Teams To Score – Yes

Both teams to score has occurred in 44% of Liverpool’s home matches and 60% of Brentford’s away matches. It will be a tough ask of Brentford but with the Reds conceding in four of nine matches at Anfield, it is not impossible.

Over 2.5 Total Goals – Yes

Over 2.5 goals has occurred in 75% of Liverpool’s matches this season and 50% of Brentford’s meaning it has a high chance of coming in. Consideration has been given to Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane missing this match, however, we believe this will still come in. Brentford have conceded 18 away goals in ten matches.

Preliminary review and match prediction for Liverpool vs Brentford

Liverpool’s title challenge has taken a hit of late with just two points earned from their last nine matches. Liverpool’s last Premier League action came on January 2 in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea which did neither side’s title aspirations any favours.

Liverpool starts the weekend 11 points behind leaders Manchester City – the gap could be increased further by the time Sunday comes – and are also without star strikers, Salah and Mane as they are on African Cup of Nations duty.

The pressure will be on Liverpool with those two players absent and it will be up to players currently on the outside looking in to play well and make a case for staying in the team when they come back.

Brentford look exactly like a newly promoted Premier League side should look like, possibly better with 23 points from 20 matches so far putting them in 13th place.

Averaging 1.15 points per match and currently 12 points away from the relegation zone they look in no danger and will stay up if that carries on.

However, a midweek 4-1 away to defeat to Southampton should cause boss, Thomas Frank, concern with not much time to rectify things ahead of the Bees’ trip to Anfield.

Safe Bets

A safe bet for this one is a goal in both halves. Liverpool have scored 52 Premier League goals with 26 in each half. You can’t get any more balanced than that.

Out of Brentford’s 24 goals so far this season, six of them (25%) have come on 76 minutes or after.

Quick Rich

Roberto Firmino’s price to have two shots on target in the match has been enhanced to 5/1 by William Hill. Firmino should start the match with Salah and Mane both missing.

A first team regular for much of his time at Anfield, Firmino has found himself on the outside looking in for most of this season with Diogo Jota preferred as the third striker. He will be desperate to get on the scoresheet to force his way back into the side long term and could shoot at will.

Bet During the Match

If Brentford can keep the game close going into the final 15 minutes, look at the odds for Brentford to score the next goal.

As previously mentioned, a quarter of their goals have come on 76 minutes with three of their last four Premier League goals scored after this mark to claim victory from the jaws of defeat against Watford and Aston Villa.

Brentford also scored on the 82nd minute in September against Liverpool to rescue a 3-3 draw.

Liverpool vs Brentford first goalscorer

Liverpool have scored 52 league goals so far this season. Twenty-four of them have come from Salah and Mane combined. Another ten have come from Jota placing him second in the goal scoring chart.

Liverpool has a high dependence on their strike trio to hit the back of the net and don’t really spread the goals about, making Jota at an enhanced price of 4/1 with William Hill a good bet.

Liverpool vs Brentford Team News

Salah, Mane and Naby Keita will be missing for an extended period depending on how their countries progress in the African Cup of Nations. Thiago, Harvey Elliott, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Phillips are all missing through injury.

Rico Henry will be a late decision after missing the last four weeks with a hamstring injury. Brentford may ring the changes after a heavy 4-1 defeat against Southampton. David Raya, Charlie Goode, Josh Dasilva, Zanka and Julian Jeanvier all miss out due to injury also, while Frank Onyeka is on AFCON duty.

Starting Lineups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jota, Firmino, Jones

Brentford: Fernandez, Sorensen, Jansson, Pinnock, Canos, Jensen, Norgaard, Baptiste, Roerslev, Mbeumo, Toney

Highlighted Player

Curtis Jones

Normally a midfielder, Jones could be forced into a front three alongside Jota and Firmino, and while it is unlikely he will play there when Salah and Mane return, this is a big opportunity for him to claim a regular starting berth in his natural position if he performs well over the next month.

He may have forced his way into the side after a good performance from the bench against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Most popular FAQ for Liverpool vs Brentford

Who won the last meeting between these clubs?

These sides contested a 3-3 draw in the Premier League on September 25.

Where will this fixture be played?

Sunday’s game will be played at Anfield.

Which bookmaker has the best odds for this game?

We recommend checking out the odds at William Hill for Liverpool vs Brentford.

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