The 28th edition of the English Premier League starts with a tilt between the champions of Europe Liverpool and newcomers Norwich City. Liverpool are still looking for their first Premier League title. They were quite close last season, but Manchester City defended the throne by finishing with a point ahead of the Reds. This time around, Jurgen Klopp’s side are the second favourite to win the EPL, behind the Citizens, while the newly-promoted Norwich City will likely face a relegation battle. Liverpool are usually playing well on the opening day of the championship, so let’s take a look at our England Premier League Betting Pick for the encounter with the Canaries.
Liverpool vs Norwich City
• England Premier League
• Anfield, Liverpool
• Friday 9 August
• 21:00 CET
Liverpool Team News and Latest Form
The Premier League returns as last season’s runners-up, and Champions League winners Liverpool, welcome newly-promoted Norwich to Anfield. The home side are unbeaten in six straight EPL opening day fixtures (W5, D1), and went unbeaten in front of their own fans last season (W17, D2).
Furthermore, the Reds are on a current 11-match winning streak (EPL) against newly-promoted sides. Ten of those were won with at least a two-goal margin, and eight were victories to nil. In nine of those wins, Liverpool were utterly dominant, leading at half-time and scoring in both halves.
Liverpool were rather inactive in this summer’s transfer window as they didn’t bring a big name to Anfield. How the things stand at the moment, Klopp will not be making any moves on a deadline day.
Sadio Mané scored five goals in six Premier League matches against newcomers last season. Last season, Liverpool won 89.47% of the home matches that they started as favourites – the division’s second-highest percentage. Liverpool have won their last nine EPL games, with both teams scoring in five of those matches.
Norwich Team News and Latest Form
Opponents Norwich ran away with the championship last season, picking up 94 points (W27, D13, L6) – the joint-fourth best tally in the previous decade. This is a tough opener, but Norwich are unbeaten in their last three opening season games (W1, D2) – all were away from home, and involved both teams scoring.
The visitors’ league matches averaged 3.26 goals last term, and 47.83% featured over 3.5. There could be more here, as the seven PL H2Hs between these sides since 2012 have featured a whopping 5.23 goals per match, with the last four witnessing both teams score.
Norwich’s experienced striker Teemu Pukki scored 29 goals from 43 league appearances last season – of those, 75.86% came via his right-foot. Norwich have been shown just eight yellow cards across the previous six H2Hs (1.33 on average).
Liverpool vs Norwich City Head to Head
Liverpool are without a loss in the last ten H2H duels; winning eight of those games, including the latest one when it was 5-4 for the Reds in January 2016. Jurgen Klopp’s team scored at least three goals in three of the previous five H2H tilts at Anfield while the Canaries managed to find the back of the net in three of the last five games in Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Norwich City England Premier League Betting Pick
Liverpool haven’t experienced the best of preseasons as they suffered some losses along the way. Still, they are way stronger than Norwich City, and they should get comfortable three points in this one. The Reds will be looking to start the game furiously as they only know at Anfield, and I am backing them to be up at half-time. With one of the most exciting attacks in Europe, I predict they will score at least two or three goals here, so my Liverpool vs Norwich City England Premier League Betting Pick is Liverpool to win at HT/FT and to score two or more goals at 2.00 (+100). Also, check out our 2019-20 UEFA Europa League Betting Preview, if you are looking matches to bet on Thursday.