Champions League Football

Hoffenheim-Liverpool takes place tonight: What time is kick off, where can I watch it and prediction

Liverpool will travel to Germany to play their Champions League play-off match against Hoffenheim on Tuesday night.

The Reds will play the two legged tie before reaching the group stage of Europe’s most prestigious competition.

Here’s everything you need to know about the match.

(Article by the Telegraph).

What is it?

Why it’s only the first leg of the Champions League qualifying play-off between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, or Turn- und Sportgemeinschaft 1899 Hoffenheim e.V. to give them their full title, and Liverpool.

When is it?

The game will be played today, Tuesday Aug 15, 2017.

What time is kick-off?

Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will get the match at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena under way at 7.45pm (BST).

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 immediately after the mouth-watering Champions League qualifying play-off first leg between Azerbaijani champions Qarabag and Copenhagen. Their programme starts at 7pm. Alternatively, as ever, you can follow all the action right here. Bookmark this page and return at around 6.30pm when it will magically transform itself into a lovely live-blog.

What is the team news?

Liverpool will be without the influential trio of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge for their Champions League play-off first leg in Hoffenheim.

Coutinho has a back injury, Lallana is out for two months with a thigh problem while Sturridge could return from a similar problem at the weekend. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is still absent after hamstring and back injuries.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Karius, Gomez, Robertson, Milner, Grujic, Kent, Solanke, Origi.

What’s our prediction?

Set-piece specialists Hoffenheim who will be making their Champions League debut against bona fide European royalty having lifted old big ears – that’s the European Cup, kids – will be up for this and buoyed by Liverpool’s dodgy defending at Watford on Saturday. We’re predicting a lively game with goals: 2-2. //Actuantes//

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