Liverpool vs. Middlesbrough: Premier League – Match Preview

Liverpool will guarantee a spot in the 2017-18 Champions League with victory over already relegated Middesbrough on Sunday.

The Reds eased to a 4-0 win over West Ham last weekend to keep a top four spot in their own hands.

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return to the starting XI, with Phillipe Coutinho also scoring twice.

Middlesbrough were beaten at home by Southampton last weekend, their first match since relegation to the Championship was confirmed.

Patrick Bamford scored his first goal since returning to the club, but the Saints were too strong.

Premier League form: Liverpool W3 D1 L1; Middlesbrough W1 D1 L3
Premier League top scorers
Liverpool – Sadio Mane 13 goals
Middlesbrough – Alvaro Negredo 9 goals

Match history
Liverpool eased to a 3-0 win earlier in the season, with Adam Lallana scoring twice for the Reds.

Last five Premier League meetings
Middlesbrough 0 Liverpool 3 – 14/12/16
Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool 0 – 28/02/09
Liverpool 2 Middlesbrough 1 – 23/08/08
Liverpool 3 Middlesbrough 2 – 23/02/08
Middlesbrough 1 Liverpool 1 – 12/01/08

Liverpool -1 handicap: 1/3 with Bet 365

Team news
Sturridge is set to keep his place in the side following an impressive showing last weekend.

Jordan Henderson is unlikely to return for the hosts here.

Bamford is set to start following his goalscoring cameo off the substitute bench last time out.

Victor Valdes is a big doubt again and has almost certainly played his last game for Boro.

Expected starting XI’s
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Can, Wijnaldum; Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino; Sturridge
Middlesbrough (4-3-3): Guzan; Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend; De Roon, Clayton, Forshaw; Bamford, Negredo, Downing

Predictions

Result: Liverpool (1/6 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 3-0 (11/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Daniel Sturridge (19/20 with Betfair)

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