Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the top four will improve or decrease on Sunday without them playing a Premier League match, but they have other matters at the forefront of their mind as they head to Wembley for an FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.
Paddy Power have installed the Reds as 8/13 favourites to book a place in the final in normal time while Tim Sherwood’s troops, full of confidence following a surprise victory at Spurs that saw them move closer to top flight safety, are as high as 11/2 at BetVictor to prevail in 90 minutes and bet365 quote the tie at 3/1 to go to extra-time.
Punters expecting Villa’s improvement under Sherwood to continue can tackle BetVictor’s 19/4 for them to hold Liverpool to a score draw and a 1-1 scoreline can be backed at 13/2 via Stan James. Nevertheless, forgivable defeats to high-flying Manchester United and Arsenal aside, Liverpool have been in decent form and they should ultimately have too much for their opponents, albeit in what looks set to be a tight encounter.
Those in agreement can tackle bet365′s 13/5 about the Reds shading it by a one-goal margin, they’re 6/1 courtesy of Winner.com to prevail 1-0, just as they did in the quarter-final replay against Blackburn last week and bet365’s 15/2 for Liverpool to register a 2-1 triumph is set to appeal to punters expecting both teams to find the net (5/6, Stan James).
Liverpool to beat Aston Villa by one – 13/5 (bet365)