Liverpool suffered a narrow, 1-0 defeat in Portugal last week in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Braga but Kenny Dalglish’s side are still fancied by bookies to qualify for the next stage, Paddy Power rating the Reds as 5/6 favourites to progress and Stan James posting 11/10 against the Portuguese outfit getting through.
A victory in the match for Liverpool is considered highly likely, with offering 4/9 for a home win and Betfred offer 5/1 for the contest to require extra-time due to the Reds grabbing the only goal in 90 minutes.
A 2-1 triumph (8/1, Coral) for Dalglish’s men would still send Braga through, so Liverpool will be desperate to keep the visitors out and Totesport make them 6/5 to prevail ‘to nil’, a cracking bet considering the Portuguese outfit only managed to notch from the spot at home and Liverpool have leaked just five goals in 14 Europa League fixtures this season.
Liverpool meanwhile, will be without skipper Steven Gerrard but Andy Carroll is likely to get more game time and the powerful striker is set to be well backed at 5/4 (bet365) to notch at any point.
Liverpool to beat Braga ‘to nil’ – 6/5 (Totesport)