Liverpool v Brentford
Saturday afternoon sees Liverpool host Brentford in an intriguing battle as both teams try to continue their pushes for European football next season. These two sides have met just 18 times in their history despite both being founded in the 1800s. Brentford’s 3-1 win over the Reds at the start of 2023 was just their fourth victory over the Merseyside club and their first since 1938.
Despite the lack of history between these two clubs, recent fixtures have been brilliant games to watch, and games like these with lots of goals and incidents are also fantastic for bet builders!
We have a fantastic looking 5/2 Liverpool v Brentford bet builder for the clash, and after a thrilling encounter at the Gtech Community Stadium earlier in the year, this matchup promises more of the same, with two exceptional counter-attacking sides squaring off. Expect end-to-end action as both sides fight it out for the right to play in Europe next season.
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Liverpool back to their best
Liverpool are on a sensational run of form, having won each of their last five games, scoring 16 goals in that time. Their win here over Spurs last weekend was needlessly dramatic, having gone 3-0 up inside 15 minutes only to concede in the 93rd minute and hit back again in the 94th. Their 1-0 win over Fulham in midweek was much calmer with Mohammed Salah’s 39th minute penalty sealing a 1-0 win in a game where no cards were shown.
That result has kept them in the hunt for a Champions League spot next season and was boosted by Man United’s defeat at Brighton on Thursday night, but they remain four points behind the Red Devils having played more games. Winning all of their games, starting here, would be the best way to keep the pressure on Newcastle and Manchester United who currently hold the two remaining spots in that top four.
Liverpool Team News
For the Reds, Thiago, Stefan Bejcetic, and Calvin Ramsey all have season-ending injuries at the club, whilst Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino are doubts. Andrew Robertson was rested in midweek but should come straight back in and Klopp has plenty of choice going forward now with Salah, Gakpo, Jota, Diaz, and Nunez all competing for just three spots. With so many positions up in the air, it might be best to wait for team news before backing any Liverpool bet builders.
Brentford still in the European hunt
Brentford were last in action on Saturday afternoon, where they pulled off a spectacular comeback to beat Nottingham Forest 2-1. Heading into the last ten minutes, the Bees were losing but an equaliser from Ivan Toney and a 94th minute winner from Josh Dasilva sent the Gtech Community Stadium into raptures.
The visitors are in 9th, four points off 7th but Spurs are dropping points regularly and so Brentford will be looking to force their way into the European qualification spots for next season. However, they will likely need to win all of their games – Liverpool, West Ham, Spurs, and Manchester City to get in there.
Whilst their record on the road is generally poor, they have beaten Chelsea and Manchester City on the road, whilst also picking up very creditable points at Brighton and Arsenal. They have won just one game at Anfield in their history and a win here would be the Bees’ first-ever league double over the Reds.
Brentford Team News
The Bees could name an unchanged lineup from the Nottingham Forest game here although Dasilva may be rewarded with a start following an impressive performance, coming in for Mikkel Damsgaard.
Liverpool v Brentford Cheat Sheet
With cards coming thick and fast at Anfield in recent weeks, the fouls section of our Cheat Sheet is the place to start looking when planning a Liverpool v Brentford bet builder.
Fabinho commits the most fouls for Liverpool, whilst he will be sharing the space with Frank Onyeka, who draws the most fouls of any player on the pitch by a large margin. With 9 yellows this season, Fabinho is always a decent bet for a card, but dealing with Onyeka, and with Ivan Toney lurking, all signs are pointing towards his 10th arriving here.
With 18 and 20 goals each, there’s a lot to like when it comes to shots bets for Mo Salah and Ivan Toney. Taking either to score could well be appealing, especially with both also taking free kicks and penalties, but there may be some good value in backing them to take on 3 shots each, with Salah averaging just over, and Toney just a tad under the mark.
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Liverpool v Brentford Bet Builder Tips
Liverpool v Brentford
Liverpool have been on fire going forward recently. Their midweek win over Fulham was the first time they have failed to score at least twice in six attempts and the first time they have been restricted to just one goal since January at Anfield, winning six of their eight in that time. However, they have also conceded plenty. Their last seven at Anfield in all competitions have seen 33 goals, with this selection landing in five of them. There have been at least three goals scored in every one of these two teams’ matches since 1947.
Brentford have disappointed at the back recently, keeping just one clean sheet since 15th March. However, they have still scored plenty of goals, finding the back of the net in seven of their last nine. Striker Ivan Toney scored his 20th of the season last time out, the third most of any player and more than any other player on the pitch here. The three meetings between these two sides in this century have ended 3-3, 3-0 and 3-1.
The goalscoring records of both sides, coupled with their struggles defensively make Over 2.5 Goals a very attractive option for any Liverpool v Brentford bet builder.
Liverpool average 6.71 corners for at home so far this season, and have had at least five corners in 71% of their matches and this selection has landed in 47%. Brentford concede an average of 6.59 corners per game on the road this season and their opposition have had five or more corners in over three-quarters of their away games. The home side has had six or more corners in 53% of their games as visitors.
In their three most recent games against Brentford, Liverpool have had a total of 29 corners. In all of them they have had at least nine corners and they had 11 corners in September 2021 at the Bees’ home ground.
Liverpool home games this season average 3.06 cards per game, although this has risen to exactly four per game over their last six here. This selection has landed in 47% of the matches played at Anfield this year and in four of their last six, there have been five or more cards shown.
Brentford games as visitors this season average 2.76 cards per game, but this has risen to over three across their last six. On the road, this selection has landed in five of their last six and in seven of their last ten.
The referee for this one is Anthony Taylor. Over his career, he averages 3.70 cards per game shown, and in his 26 Premier League matches this season he has shown 103 cards (3.96 per game). This selection has landed in 85% of those matches, including in his last 16 dating back to October. He has overseen four Liverpool games and one Brentford one this season, showing 19 cards (3.8 per match) with this selection landing in all of them.
If you’d like to stretch the odds of your Liverpool v Brentford bet builder, with the high likelihood of cards being shown, why not use our Cheat Sheet (above) to help pick a player for a booking?
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