Unirea Urziceni: 2nd Leg

Football - Liverpool v Unirea Urziceni UEFA Europa League Second Round First Leg
Liverpool winners of first leg.

Liverpool travel to Romania tomorrow evening for the second leg of their first Europa League tie. After grinding out a 1-0 win at Anfield, Liverpool hold the advantage and will be looking to seal the deal in order to secure their place for the next round.

If Liverpool do the job in Romania they shall be facing either Fenerbahce or Lille depending on how their match ends. Lille have the upper hand after beating the Turks at home 2-1, the tie is far from over yet though.

Tineretului is Urziceni's home ground but because stadium capacity is only 7,000 , our match tomorrow will be played at Steaua Bucharest's stadium which has a greater capacity of roughly 27,500.

We talk about a home advantage on many occasions so it could be feasible to say that Unirea will be missing the regularity and knowledge of their own pitch but on a plus side, they will have more fans and an atmosphere capable of spurring any underdog on.

Liverpool can look forward to the boost of Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun for this fixture and you would assume that they will be utilised. I feel we have missed Fernando's clinical finishing and ability to make something out of a nothing situation. Not forgetting the skill and ingenuity of Yossi on the wing.

It will be interesting to see how different our play is compared to recent performances should they both start.

Kyrgiakos is also available and after him missing out on Premier League fixtures you may presume he will start in the back four. To be fair though, i thought he would have started for the home leg but Benitez opted to start Agger and Skrtel in the centre so we shall have to wait and see.

Glen Johnson is the only player left to be unavailable through injury so Liverpool have almost full options.

Team prediction:


Unirea did not look at all threatening in attack for the game at Anfield and to be honest with the defence on such good form i doubt the away fixture will prove any different. As for score prediction i will go for a 2-0 Liverpool win. Quietly confident that they will not be able to get anything past Reina and with Torres hopefully starting plus Benayoun who can also grab a goal i have a feeling it may be a good game for the Reds.