FOOTBALL BETTING: Liverpool can boost their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and force bet365 to cut their quote of 11/10 for a top four finish, as they lock horns with Arsenal.
The Merseyside derby success didn’t quite prove to be the catalyst for a dramatic improvement in form that Liverpool had hoped for as Rafa Benitez’s men drew a blank in a goalless draw at Blackburn last weekend; losing further ground on the Premiership pacesetters and then went down to Fiorentina in Europe on Wednesday.
Nevertheless, the Reds can boost their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League this afternoon, simultaneously forcing bet365 to cut their quote of 11/10 for Liverpool to secure a top four finish, as they lock horns with Arsenal at Anfield.
The Gunners lie in third place but a lengthy injury list, particularly where their attack is concerned, has left them looking a little lightweight and Victor Chandler are therefore willing to offer 5/2 for an away win. Betfred quote 23/10 for the spoils to be shared but on their own patch, the Reds can outmuscle Arsene Wenger’s side and at 5/4 (Stan James), it’s they who look the value call.
Arsenal’s problems up front lend appeal to Jaxx.com’s 4/5 for viewers to be treated to fewer than three goals and along similar lines, Partybets’ 2/1 for Benitez’s charges to prevail without conceding catches the eye.
With this is mind, bolder punters might like the look of the 7/1 that Betdaq mark against Liverpool firing the only goal of the game and similarly appealing is a goalless first half at 17/10 with Sportingbet.
The return of Fernando Torres meanwhile, can inject life into a stale-looking Reds attack and the Spaniard’s presence is bound to prompt an influx of bets on him; either at 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to open the scoring or at 11/8 with Boylesports to notch at any time.