Liverpool v Norwich Preview & Opta Stats

This will be the first time that Liverpool and Norwich have met since a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road in January 2016, which the Reds prevailed 5-4. Sébastien Bassong had scored an equaliser to make it 4-4 in the 92nd minute, before Adam Lallana netted the winner on 94:18. Both teams to score is [2.4].

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 matches with Norwich City (all in the Premier League), winning 10 and drawing two while scoring three times the number of goals as the Canaries in these matches (39-13). They are [1.55] to win half-time/full-time.

Norwich City have only lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (12) than they have against Liverpool (11), but they have conceded more goals in the Premier League against the Reds than any other side (45). Liverpool are [2.1] to win both halves.

On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home against Norwich City, the Reds won the top-flight league title ahead of Manchester City in 2nd (1976-77). Liverpool beat Norwich 1-0 at Anfield on MD1 that season. Liverpool are [4.2] to win the Premier League.

Liverpool haven't lost on MD1 of a Premier League season since a 0-3 away defeat to West Bromwich Albion the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home on in 2012-13. Since then they have won five and drawn one of their six openers. A Liverpool victory is [1.16].

Norwich City have won just one season-opening league match in the last 16 seasons (W1 D8 L7) – this was in 2016-17 in the Championship against Blackburn Rovers (4-1). The draw is [10.0].

Liverpool are currently enjoying a 40-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League (W30 D10) since losing against Crystal Palace in April 2017. Indeed, against promoted sides they're unbeaten in 25 games at Anfield (W20 D5), with Jurgen Klopp winning all 10 such games. A Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals is [1.53].

Sadio Mané has scored in Liverpool's opening Premier League game in each of the last three seasons. The only player to score on the opening weekend in four consecutive campaigns in the competition is Teddy Sheringham (1992-93 to 1995-96). Liverpool are sweating on Mane's fitness, but should he play he is [1.84] to find the net.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scored twice and assisted another in his only previous Premier League start against Norwich. The forward is just two goals away from becoming the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals. Firmino is [2.02] to score.

Norwich's Daniel Farke will be the 12th different manager whose first ever Premier League game has been against Liverpool. Four of the previous 11 have won (Brian Clough, John Gregory, Paul Sturrock and Craig Shakespeare), though the four managers to do so in a game at Anfield have all lost (David Pleat, Chris Hutchings, Tony Adams and Ronald Koeman). The draw half-time/Liverpool full-time double result is [3.95].

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