Preview - Liverpool vs Burnley 10 March 19

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Match Day 30
Liverpool vs. Burnley
Sunday, March 10th 2019
20:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield Stadium

Last five matches form: D W D W D
Average goals per match: 2.21
Average goals against per match: 0.52
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (17)

Last five matches form: D W W L L
Average goals per match: 1.10
Average goals against per match: 1.83
Top Scorer: Ashley Barnes (9)

Liverpool relinquished the lead in the Premier League last weekend when held to a goalless draw in a fiendishly fought Merseyside derby. Still only a point behind leaders Manchester City headed into the weekend through, the title dream is still very much alive. Any slip-ups here will likely make things that bit more difficult though and fans will be fully expecting them to overcome Sean Dyche's Burnley outfit at Anfield.

Liverpool put Burnley away 3-1 t Turf Moor earlier in the season but were held to a 1-1 draw by the Clarets in this game last season.

Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Dejan Lovren are out for the home side. Burnley must do without Aaron Lennon, Steven Defour and Jonathan Walters.

Liverpool have still only lost one of 29 in the league this season, but a run of four draws in their past six has seen their lead evaporate. They looked devoid of ideas in the final third at Everton, but it can often pay not to read too much into derby games.  They have won 12 of 14 at home this season, including a 5-0 battering of Watford here last time out.

Sitting fifth bottom and five points clear of the relegation zone, Burnley are certainly in a better position now than they were a few weeks ago but aren't quite of the woods just yet. They have won just three of 15 away from home, but have lost only one of their past five, a run which includes an excellent draw at Old Trafford.

Burnley have failed to score in over half of their away fixtures to date and are facing the leagues stingiest defence here. That solid foundation should enable Liverpool to outclass the visitors.

Prediction: Liverpool 4 - 0 Burnley


Half time: 2 - 1
Full time: 4 - 2
Shots:  23 - 3
Shots on target: 5 - 2
Corner Kicks: 7 - 2
Possession: 69% - 31%

Two bookings at Anfield, both for the home side, with referee Andre Mariner taking the names of Alisson and Fabinho.

Liverpool were given an early fright here, but in the end simply had too much in the final third for Burnley to live with. A deserved three points to keep up the heat on leaders Manchester City. Burnley needn't feel too disheartened as they made about a good a fist of this as could have been expected.

It was Burnley who struck first in the 6th minute via a pretty bizarre goal. Ashley Westwood's in swinging corner from the left-hand side evading absolutely everyone to nestle into the right-hand side.

The equaliser came in the 19th minute. Nice 1-2 between Mo Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum on the right edge of the area. Salah firing in a low cross which squeezed through keeper and defender allowing Roberto Firmino to tap in from almost on the line.

Ten minutes later Liverpool had the lead. The build up to this was a bit scrappy. A blocked clearance heading to Salah in the centre of the area, a combination of a tackle and a Salah flick finding Sadio Mané to the left around ten yards out. Wonderful curled finish into the top right from Mané. 2-1 at the break.

The third came in the 67th minute. Terrible goal kick from Tom Heaton, straight to the feet of Salah around ten yards inside the Burnley half. Salah bursting into the area and being well tackled but the ball deflected into the path of Firmino to slot into the empty net from eight yards.

Burnley pulled one back in the first minute of stoppage time. Pinball in the Liverpool area following a cross in from the right. The ball eventually breaking to Johann Gudmundsson around seven yards out to the right and the Icelander applying the finish.

Liverpool had the last word though. Nice through ball from Daniel Sturridge on the right to find Mané bursting through the middle. Heaton rushing off his line but Mané getting there first on the edge of the area, rounding the keeper to the left and slotting home. 4-2 final score.

Liverpool stay second and only one point behind leaders Manchester City. Burnley slip to fourth bottom, and with Cardiff City winning are now only two points clear of the dreaded drop.

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