Champions League Betting: Goals galore at Anfield

Ed Hawkins

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:07 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 1:07 PM UTC

Liverpool are the most backed British team to win the Champions League. And they are the third most backed team over all. It’s a good stat eh? But it sure does make you wonder where those punters have put their common sense.

We are not being after-timers (the art of being wise post event) here, we swear. Liverpool were humbled five-zip by City in the Premier League on the weekend, the sort of meltdown which will have left every man jack of those Euro Cup backers hanging their heads in sorrow.

Ah yes, you will say, but they had a man sent off in the first half. That’s not fair. Sure. It is true that Saido Mane was dismissed for an ugly challenge. And that Liverpool, naturally, were stretched.

But do genuine Champions League contenders ship so many goals in the circumstances? Mane, after all, is a striker. Not a defender. So Liverpool should still have been capable of getting their men organised without the ball.

And that was what was truly extraordinary about Liverpool’s hammering against City. They just weren’t organised. Even before Mane was sent-off, in fact. The opening goal for City exposed Liverpool’s lack of defensive nous.

The two center-halves were nowhere near each other as City played in Sergio Aguero for the lead. A League Two team could have done the same. Then, when under the cosh, they failed to track runners or put pressure on the ball.

When watching it, we thought ‘I bet Sevilla will be licking their lips’. Sevilla are their opponents in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday night. The Spanish club are +400 with Bet365 to win the contest. Given Liverpool’s defensive holes that could well be value.

Sevilla are in decent form. They have not tasted defeat yet and in their last outing in La Liga ran in three goals against Eibar.

Yet we must respect that although Liverpool are porous at the back, they are good going forward. They commit runners forward at pace and they have notched 14 goals in six matches.

So naturally, we are inclined to look at the goals market for our best wager. Over 3.5 goals comes in at +145 with Betway. We’re actually disappointed that price is not bigger. The +333 about more than four with Paddy Power is beginning to stretch us too and when you’re looking at those number of goals you may as well go all out and play big on a correct score.

A 3-2 home win appeals at +2000 with William Hill while we encourage savers on a 2-2 draw at +1400 with the same firm and a 2-1 Liverpool success at +800 (Sports Winner).

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