In the wake of the FA Cup draw, Liverpool were immediately propelled to the head of tournament’s outright betting, Stan James installing the Reds as 15/8 favourites to lift the trophy because Manchester United and Arsenal were pitched against each other.
United are an 11/4 chance at William Hill while Paddy Power price the Gunners at 10/3 but as one of them will definitely be eliminated and Brendan Rodgers’s men have been handed a home draw against Championship Blackburn, bookies had no chance but to slash the Reds’ odds for Wembley glory.
On paper, the clash against Rovers looks relatively predictable and bookmakers agree, William Hill making Rodgers’s charges just 1/3 to ease through to the last four at the first attempt.
Rovers are BetVictor’s 11/1 underdogs to cause a huge upset, however the Reds’ recent form, their exit from the Europa League excepted, has been outstanding and as the competition represents their only chance of silverware now, it’s hard to see Rodgers’s troops slipping up against a Rovers side whose record of late has been a touch indifferent.
Accordingly, a relatively comfortable Liverpool success seems like the most likely outcome and Skybet rate the hosts at a generous 5/6 in the handicaps, where they start a goal in arrears. Alternatively, a 2-0 Reds triumph is an 11/2 chance at betway.
Liverpool to beat Blackburn 2-0 – 11/2 (betway)