Liverpool will be looking to secure their place in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League when they visit FC Sion. This game will be played on Thursday, December 10th at the Stade Tourbillon at 19:00.
The Reds are in the first place in Group B with nine points, and they will try to finish unbeaten. They have two wins and three draws, scoring six goals and allowing four in this tournament. They played last year in the Round of 32 and were eliminated by Besiktas on penalties.
Last weekend, they surprisingly lost to Newcastle in the Premier League by 2-0, and they ended a four-game winning streak. They have lost only two of their past 18 games in all competitions and are located in the seventh place in the local tournament with 23 points, only nine behind the leader (Leicester City).
The good news for the team led by German coach Jürgen Klopp is that they are unbeaten against FC Sion. They have two wins and one draw, including the first meeting in this Europa League edition. The Reds couldn’t keep the advantage one month ago at Anfield after Adam Lallana scored in the fourth minute of play and Ebenezer Assifuah got the equalizer.
The previous meeting at the Stade Tourbillon was in 1996 and the English team got the victory by 2-1. Liverpool have played 13 matches against Swiss Super League teams, and they have only two defeats, the last one was in 2014 versus Basel by 1-0 on the road.
In the Europa League Odds FC Sion v Liverpool, the Reds are favorites to win on the road and finish unbeaten in the group stage. They are listed with 2.38 Europa League Odds, while the Swiss side is with 3.8, and the draw is with 3.2.
The team led by Didier Tholot will be looking for their first win against an English squad. They have one draw and two defeats, scoring five goals and allowing nine. The last time they host a Premier League team was nine years ago and fell versus Liverpool.
FC Sion, have struggled at home this year, and they have five win and four defeats in the local tournament, but they are in the second place in Group B with eight points, five goals scored and five goals allowed.
Liverpool are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 4.0 Odds to win this game by one goal and with 4.1 to do it by two or more. The Swiss team is rated at 5.0 to get the victory by the minimum difference, and the score draw is rated at 4.5.
Belgian striker Christian Benteke is the favorite to score the first goal in this match, and he is listed with 5.5 Odds. The former Aston Villa player is followed by Daniel Sturridge with 5.6 and Moussa Konate with 7.0.
A draw will benefit both teams, so don´t expect them to risk too much in this game. Liverpool will finish in the first place, while Sion will advance to the next round in their first participation in a major UEFA competition