FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2020 file photo, Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk runs with the ball during theie English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England.
FILE - In this Sunday, July 5, 2020 file photo, Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk runs with the ball during theie English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England. |Carl Recine/Pool via AP, file
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Bet Saturday afternoon soccer: Liverpool begins first Premier League title defense against an old foe

Liverpool (-335) vs. Leeds United (+800), draw (+480), 12:30 p.m. EDT (NBC and Fubo.tv); West Ham (+102) vs. Newcastle United (+265), draw (+250), 3 p.m. EDT (Peacock and Fubo.tv)

Sean Miller

Sean Miller

It had been quite a while since Liverpool last won the top flight in England before last season.

It has also been a long time since the Reds took on Leeds United in the Premier League.

Saturday afternoon, the long-awaited return for Leeds finally happens, after over a decade and a half out in the wilderness of the second and third tiers of the English football pyramid.

Liverpool looked awful for the first 60 minutes of the F.A. Community Shield, a match which it ended up losing on penalties to Arsenal. I can’t see the Reds falling after they opened their last campaign so well: they had a 44-game unbeaten run through February (carried over from 2018-19). Look for Loverpool to run Leeds off the pitch.

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ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE AFTERNOON GAMES

Liverpool (-335) vs. Leeds United (+800), draw (+480), 12:30 p.m. EDT (NBC and Fubo.tv)

West Ham (+102) vs. Newcastle United (+265), draw (+250), 3 p.m. EDT (Peacock and Fubo.tv)

THE PICKS:

Newcastle United +0.5 (-120)

Liverpool -1.5 (-110)

Liverpool/Leeds over 3 goals Asian handicap (-120)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) to score (-120)

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