English Premier League club Liverpool FC will take to the pitch again on Thursday Nov. 22 when they host BSC Young Boys of Switzerland at Anfield in a Europa League contest. This is an important Group A showdown since both clubs are tied for second place. They each have six points and a win would help either side make it to the next round of the competition. FC Anzhi Makhachkala is sitting on top of the group table with seven points and they take on Udinese Calcio, who sits in fourth place with four points.
If Liverpool manages to beat the Swiss side and Anzhi draw or lose then the Reds will be top of the table after the game. That’s a lot easier said than done though, especially for this inconsistent Liverpool squad. If Liverpool and Anzhi both win then its lights out for Young Boys and they’ll be knocked out of the tournament. For Udinese to go through, they’ll have to beat Anzhi and then Liverpool as well.
The standings could change quite a bit after this game and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers knows his side could easily end up being eliminated if they fail to win this match. Liverpool started the season in terrible fashion, but they’ve quietly turned things around to a certain degree and are currently riding a seven-game undefeated league streak. It kicked off after they lost at home to Manchester United in the Premier League late in September. But to put things in perspective, they’ve earned just 12 points in those seven games out of a possible 21, meaning they’re drawing too many games. The streak has enabled them to climb the league ladder, but they’re still in 11th place.
On the other side of the coin, Young Boys are fifth in the table in Switzerland after 15 matches. They are also struggling with just 18 points out of a possible 45 and they’re quite a long way behind fourth place and a spot in Europe again next season as they’re 12 points back. While Liverpool hasn’t lost in their last seven league contests, Young Boys have a lone win to go along with three draws and three losses.
These two teams met earlier in the Europa League season and it was quite an entertaining affair in Switzerland. Liverpool managed to come out on top by a score of 5-3. For them to repeat at home Rodgers will have to field a strong lineup, which should include striker Luis Suarez, who is leading the Premier League in scoring. In fact he’s managed to score 59 per cent of his club’s league goals so far this season. For Young Boys their top scorer at the moment is striker Raul Bobadilla. He has four goals in the tournament so far while teammate Raphael Nuzzolo owns a pair.
This should be another pretty entertaining match and Young Boys could score a goal or two. However, Liverpool will likely take all three points when the final whistle blows.
Sportsbook William Hill shows the latest odds on the match to be 2/5 for a Liverpool win with a Young Boys victory at 7/1 and a draw at 7/2.