Genk face the ominous task of travelling to Liverpool on Tuesday in the Champions League. Few will be expecting them to take any points home to Belgium.
Current holders Liverpool will no doubt be casting an eye to Sunday’s big match against Manchester City but a victory here could all but seal their passage to the knock-out rounds.
Liverpool v Genk – Champions League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Kick Off Time: 20:00 GMT
TV Channel / Live Stream: Tune in to BT Sports 3 from 19.15 GMT for pre-match build-up and analysis ahead of kick-off. Enjoy the game live on the same channel or any of BT’s digital platforms.
Liverpool v Genk – The Form Guide
The Reds somehow managed to leave Villa Park on Saturday with all three points thanks to a stunning late come back. Left-back Andy Robertson popped up with a thunderous header to equalise in the 88th minute before Sadio Mane scored a 94th-minute winner. Liverpool have won their last two Champions League games in a row, including a 4-1 away win against Tuesday's opponents in the reverse fixture.
Genk held out for a point with a 0-0 draw against Napoli in matchday two which remains their only point of the campaign so far, leaving them bottom of Group E. Domestically they sit a respectable third in the Belgian league, but have won only once in their last three outings.
What is the Team News?
Jurgen Klopp has almost his entire squad at his disposal. Given their much talked about busy schedule though, he may give some of his fringe players a chance to shine on the big stage. There are rumours that teenager Rhian Brewster could get the nod for at least a spot on the bench.
Mohamed Salah was taken off on Saturday with reports of an on-going ankle injury causing issues. The Egypt international is expected to be rested for this one.
Fabinho should be back on the team sheet following his omission at Aston Villa due to fear of him being booked which would have suspended him for Sunday's Premier League clash.
Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic is the only notable absentee for Genk. Head Coach Felice Mazzu could tinker with his starting XI with a dip in form for some of his key players.
Liverpool Predicted line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovern, Van Dijk, Robertson, Keita, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamerlain, Firmino, Mane, Origi
Genk Predicted line-up: Coucke, Maehle, Dewaest, Lucumi, Uronen, Berge, Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Ito, Hagi, Samatta
Liverpool v Genk Latest Odds
Following their 4-1 thumping at home and the fact that they have never claimed a win in England, Coral are offering a huge 40/1 (41.0) for Genk to win. That’s massive, but it really says more about their opponents than the visitors. Liverpool are priced as low as 1/12 (1.08) with a top price of 1/11 (1.09). Should you fancy a draw you’ll get a decent 10/1 (11.0) again with Coral.
Liverpool v Genk Score Prediction
This is where it could get interesting. On paper, Liverpool should better their away result. But in reality, after a hard-fought win on Saturday and with a huge match coming up at the weekend, they could take their foot off the gas. In saying that, they should still have the firepower to see off the Belgians. We fancy a 3-1 scoreline at 10/1 (11.0).
Liverpool v Genk Betting Tip
Liverpool are unbeaten in the league this season and have lost only once in all competitions (2-0 loss to Napoli). The are however guilty of making life hard for themselves and complacency can creep in to their game as with the 4-3 victory over Salzburg. In saying that, they always seem to find a way to grind out wins and we fully expect them to do so here.
Genk will approach this game cautiously which could frustrate Liverpool giving them a chance to hit the counter. Therefore our tip for the game is both teams to score and over 3.5 goals at 2/1 (3.0).