Liverpool vs Plymouth Argyle
FA Cup – Third Round.
Date: Sunday, 8th January, 2016
Kick off at 13:30 UK Time
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool will be the big favourites to ease into the 4th round of the FA Cup when they take on League Two side Plymouth at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s team are in superb form in the Premier league as they continue to chase down league leaders Chelsea.
However Klopp may make quite a few changes to his side feeling that they have had to play some huge matches lately and also in such little time so the FA Cup does represent a chance to rest some players. Influential midfielder Jordan Henderson won’t make the cut after he injured his heel over the Christmas period, so he is definitely out which is a big plus to the away side.
Plymouth lost away to Barnet 1-0 in their last game in League Two but are still one of the best teams in the league. They are currently in 2nd place and have won 15 from their 24 matches this season. Almost half of their total points have come away from home and they have only lost 3 of 11 matches on the road.
Liverpool vs Plymouth: Head to Head Stats
Incredibly the two clubs have not met in 54 years, where Liverpool got a 3-2 victory away from home. At Anfield, Liverpool are unbeaten in five encounters, with 3 wins and 2 draws. To summarize, Plymouth has not beaten Liverpool since 1956.
Liverpool vs Plymouth: Prediction
Even with a weakened squad the experience and the players that Klopp can bring off the bench will be too much for the away side. However make no mistake the 1/6 odds on Liverpool winning the game aren’t good value.
This is Plymouth’s huge match to be in the spotlight and give 100% which they will. They may end up being outclassed but we should expect goals here and both teams to get on the scoreboard is the order of the day.