Anzhi Makhachkala have made a decent start in Europa League Group A, beating Young Boys at home and picking up a decent point at Udinese so Liverpool won’t find a maximum haul easy to come by as the pair meet in a crucial clash at Anfield.
Paddy Power make the Reds 13/10 favourites to send the Russian outfit home empty-handed but with an eye on the weekend’s crucial Merseyside derby scrap, Brendan Rodgers is likely to shuffle his pack and with Udinese having already won in Liverpool’s backyard, the visitors will be hopeful of gleaning something from the clash.
It’s a tough-to-call contest then and of the three outcomes, it’s arguably Stan James’ 12/5 marked against the draw that stands out. However, a better bet comes in the anytime scorer market where Jonjo Shelvey tempts at 11/4 (Skybet). With changes likely to be made by the Reds, the attacking midfielder could be handed a start and with goals in each of his last two Europa League outings Shelvey is clearly a danger man.
Staying with goals, Liverpool’s two group fixtures have produced a whopping 13, a statistic that suggests a high-scoring affair is on the cards and BetVictor offer a safe-looking 5/6 for the scorers to be troubled on three or more occasions.
At St James’ Park, Newcastle look to hold on to top spot in Group D as they tackle Bruges and William Hill rate the Magpies at 4/6 to get the better of the Belgian outfit.
Jonjo Shelvey to score at any time – 11/4 (Skybet)