Burton vs Liverpool – Tuesday 23rd August 2016 – 19:45 - Sky Sports 1

Can Nigel Clough provide another Champagne moment in the EFL Cup?
Can Nigel Clough provide another Champagne moment in the EFL Cup?

Burton kick off their second fixture in the EFL Cup by facing Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool at the Pirelli Stadium.

Nigel Clough and his men got off to the worst possible this season with two defeats in their first two matches, against Nottingham Forrest and Bristol City.

They have since bounced back with a 3-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday and followed that up with a 2-2 draw against Blackburn Rovers.

They were made to work exceptionally hard in the last round of the EFL Cup, with a 3-2 victory against Bury.

Bury took Burton all the way at the Pirelli Stadium, with Nigel Clough's men scoring the winning goal in the 113th minute.

They went into extra time at 1-1 but goals from Stuart Beavon (105th minute) and Calum Butcher (113th minute) took them 3-1 up, with a late consolation for Bury scored by Niall Maher in the 120th minute, his first professional goal.

They face another huge challenge when Liverpool come to town, this despite their disappointing 2-0 defeat to Burnley at the weekend.

Nigel Clough and his won't be taking Liverpool lightly, with manager Jurgen Klopp keen to progress in this tournament, having reached the final last year.

Burton will need to make history if they are to beat Liverpool, this will be their first ever fixture against the Reds and it would be a truly historic victory, should they prevail over the Merseysiders.

Burton remain the underdogs at 7/1 with Chris O'Grady at 10/1 to open the scoring.

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Can Burton add to Liverpool's misery at the Pirelli Stadium?

 

Liverpool kicked off the new season with an exceptional 4-3 win against Arsenal at the Emirates, which saw Coutinho, Lallana and Mane grab the goals.

They followed that up with a hugely disappointing defeat against Burnley at the weekend, with the defeat at Turf Moor highlighting the Reds inconsistency.

They were punished early on by Sam Vokes wonder strike in the second minute, with Andre Gray proving to be a huge thorn in Liverpool's defence.

Liverpool conceded another goal in the 37th minute with Andre Gray turning from provider into goalscorer, with a right footed finish past Mignolet proving to be the decisive goal.

The Red's dominated possession with an incredible 80.4% of the ball, they had 26 shots on target but their conversion rate was appalling with only 5 of them on target.

Burnley were excellent in defence, keeping Liverpool from creating any clear chances and with Sadio Mane missing they were reduced to shots from outside the box.

Liverpool and Klopp will be left scratching their heads at this performance, particularly when they compare it to the dominant performance at the Emirates.

This will again highlight the need for Klopp to buy a decent centre back and a decent left back, with James Milner preferred there to Alberto Moreno.

Jurgen Klopp will be looking to continue their excellent record in the League Cup, he will also be desperate to ensure there isn't another hiccough like Saturday anytime soon.

This is the first time that these sides have met in a competitive fixture.

Liverpool remain the favourites at 11/4 with Danny Ings the favourite to score at 7/2.

Burton vs Liverpool Odds

Tip 1 – Mane to score first @ 4/1 and Liverpool to win 2-1 @ 7/1

 

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