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The FA Cup looks like being Liverpool’s best chance of success this season and Chris Hutcheon predicts a comfortable victory over Reading tonight.
Liverpool were given an uncomfortable time of it at the Madejski Stadium as they were held to an FA Cup third round draw by Reading but they should have no such trouble as the Royals head to Anfield for the replay.
Betfred post 2/9 against the Reds coming out on top at the second time of asking while the Championship outfit are 14/1 courtesy of Stan James to cause an upset and 11/2 (Totesport) to force the tie into extra-time by securing another draw.
Brian McDermott’s men had Liverpool on the rack at times in the pair’s first clash but it’s hard not to feel that that was their big chance and having weathered that storm, Rafa Benitez’s men look set to ease their way into round four in relative comfort.
Bet365’s 4/6 for the Reds to prevail by at least two clear goals looks safe then and bolder punters can take that a little further by tackling Paddy Power’s 6/4, marked against a victory margin of three or more.
Victor Chandler meanwhile, make the home side 11/2 to notch twice without reply and the player that can make the difference for Liverpool is skipper Steven Gerrard who is 4/1 (888Sport) to break the deadlock and even money to strike at any time.
In the evening’s other replay, Newcastle are also a home banker, at 1/2 (William Hill) as Plymouth make the long journey north to St James’ Park.