Europa Preview 6

Having already qualified for the next round of the UEFA Europa League, victory won’t be a necessity for Liverpool FC, who will travel to Switzerland tomorrow to play against FC Sion. However, it will be the home team that will be looking for a draw or a victory to ensure that they do indeed qualify to the next round and it could be a difficult game for the Reds.

Battle for top place

Ending as the group leader is always a big advantage for any team in the Europa league as it avoids the possibility of facing a higher ranked team in the next round. Thus, tomorrow’s game at Sion won’t be entirely meaningless for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will perhaps not hesitate to field a team that can at least give a draw, if not a victory. However, it’s unlikely that Klopp will field a full strength team, so as to give top squad players plenty of time to prepare for Sunday’s Premier League game against West Brom.

Opportunity for the youngsters

It’s likely that several talented youngsters from the Liverpool academy could feature in tomorrow’s game at Switzerland. Players including Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and Jordan Rossiter are very likely to start, while Adam Bogdan could start as the goalkeeper. After an impressive hatrick against Southampton last week, Divock Origi could also be featured tomorrow as the main striker for the Reds.

Home advantage could favor Sion

After 3 successive defeats in all competitions, FC Sion will be under huge pressure to get something from tomorrow game. If group rivals Rubin Kazan win against Bordeaux tomorrow and Sion fail to win, the Swiss team won’t be able to progress to the next round. But with 5 days of preparation and home ground advantage as well, Sion will probably be the favourites for tomorrow’s game against a weaker Liverpool squad. When Sion visited Anfield at October in the same tournament it ended in a 1-1 draw.


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