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PREMIER LEAGUE FRIDAY: We preview Friday’s Premier League opener between LIVERPOOL v NORWICH with a recommended BETDAQ bet and extended stats.


LIVERPOOL V NORWICH

8pm The Premier League is finally back and we kick things off with some Friday Night Football as Liverpool host new boys Norwich! You have to feel a little bad for Norwich here, it’s their first season back in the Premier League for quite a while and they get Liverpool away as their first fixture! The markets are expecting a smooth home win.

The match odds at the time of writing currently trade; Liverpool 1.16, Norwich 24.0 and the draw is 10.0. The best hope for Norwich seems to be to play for a draw; however Liverpool’s record at Anfield last season was immense so it’s very hard to not see a home win here. They played very well to draw with Manchester City last weekend in the Community Shield, and that should leave them spot on to get their campaign off to a winning start.

Liverpool have won five of the last six meetings between the sides, and scoring a whopping 27 times along the way. It’s tempting to go with Liverpool to cover the handicap or score plenty of goals; however we prefer Both Teams Not To Score at 1.68. We can’t see Norwich coming here to do anything other than put 11 men behind the ball and frustrate Liverpool.

Klopp’s men were absolutely superb at the back at Anfield last season and we can only see that trend continuing this season. One must mention that VAR is making its debut in the Premier League in this fixture, and hopefully we don’t see any crazy decisions – especially when you’ve backed a team not to score and they get a dodgy penalty.

Over all, we can’t see past an easy Liverpool win to kick off the new Premier League season and Liverpool can keep a clean sheet while doing so. The 1.68 on Both Teams Not To Score looks massive.

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MATCH STATS

  • This will be the first time that Liverpool and Norwich have met since a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road in January 2016, which the Reds prevailed 5-4. Sébastien Bassong had scored an equaliser to make it 4-4 in the 92nd minute, before Adam Lallana netted the winner on 94:18.
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 matches with Norwich City (all in the Premier League), winning 10 and drawing two while scoring three times the number of goals as the Canaries in these matches (39-13).
  • Norwich City have only lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (12) than they have against Liverpool (11), but they have conceded more goals in the Premier League against the Reds than any other side (45).
  • On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home against Norwich City, the Reds won the top-flight league title ahead of Manchester City in 2nd (1976-77). Liverpool beat Norwich 1-0 at Anfield on MD1 that season.
  • Liverpool haven’t lost on MD1 of a Premier League season since a 0-3 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion in 2012-13; since then they have won five and drawn one of their six openers.
  • Norwich City have won just one season-opening league match in the last 16 seasons (W1D8 L7) – this was in 2016-17 in the Championship against Blackburn Rovers (4-1).
  • Liverpool are currently enjoying a 40-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League (W30 D10) since losing against Crystal Palace in April 2017. Indeed, against promoted sides they’re unbeaten in 25 games at Anfield (W20 D5), with Jurgen Klopp winning all 10 such games.
  • Sadio Mané has scored in Liverpool’s opening Premier League game in each of the last three seasons. The only player to score on the opening weekend in four consecutive campaigns in the competition is Teddy Sheringham (1992-93 to 1995-96).
  • Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored twice and assisted another in his only previous Premier League start against Norwich. The forward is just two goals away from becoming the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.
  • Norwich’s Daniel Farke will be the 12th different manager whose first ever Premier League game has been against Liverpool. Four of the previous 11 have won (Brian Clough, John Gregory, Paul Sturrock and Craig Shakespeare), though the four managers to do so in a game at Anfield have all lost (David Pleat, Chris Hutchings, Tony Adams and Ronald Koeman).


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