Our football match prediction:
Liverpool kick off the new Premier League campaign with a match against Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium. The Reds, who will represent England in the Champions League this season, are regarded as favourites to win Saturday’s football match and their performances in pre-season are certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Watford. Key player Coutinho is on the verge of leaving the club, but new signing Mohamed Salah could prove to be an adequate substitute for the Brazilian ace. Jurgen Klopp’s men were producing fine performances in pre-season and seeing that the Hornets head into the match with a severely-weakened squad, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in the opening match of the season. In their last meeting in Watford Emre Can helped Liverpool record a hard-fought win over the Vicarage Road Stadium outfit and we would not be surprised if the history repeats itself.
Highlighted Player (Costel Pantilimon):
Born in Bacau on 1st February 1987, Costel Fane Pantilimon became famous as the tallest Premier League footballer at six foot, eight inches. The towering shot-stopper made a name for himself at Politehnica Timisoara, where he spent ten years, albeit only making 93 league outings. In 2011, he signed for Manchester City to act as an understudy to England number one Joe Hart, but eventually grew frustrated by the lack of first team football after featuring in just seven Premier League fixtures during the four years at Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon was able to kick-start his career at Sunderland, becoming their first choice goalkeeper, but he ultimately lost his place in the side and decided to join Watford in the summer of 2015. The Hornets keeper has been a member of the Romania national team since 2008 and he amassed over 20 appearances for Tricolorii despite never quite being able to establish himself as an undisputed starter.
Highlighted Team (Liverpool):
Founded back in 1892, Liverpool are one of England’s and world’s most famous clubs. The Reds hold a high-profile rivalry with Everton and there have always been fireworks when the two teams take on each other in the Merseyside derby. The Reds welcome their opponents at Anfield and it has to be noted that they have already won 18 first division trophies. Liverpool were on the verge of lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, but Steven Gerrard slipped in the decider against Chelsea and left the Reds without a title. Liverpool won their last Champions League trophy in 2005, with the team coming from three goals behind to beat Milan in a historic clash in Istanbul. The Reds have clinched five European Cups and it is no surprise they are regarded as one of the greatest European clubs. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Paul Ince, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Sami Hyypia and Luis Suarez are some of the most notable footballers to have represented the club over the years. The club’s anthem is You’ll Never Walk Alone and their shirt colour is red.