Soccer Picks: F.A. Cup Preview for Liverpool vs. Blackburn

Steven Suarez

Saturday, March 7, 2015 7:19 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 7, 2015 7:19 PM GMT

The Reds appear to be in a very favorable spot, as they get set to host Blackburn in the F.A. Cup quarter-finals. What are the soccer betting odds looking like for Sunday's match?

Odds Overview
The Soccer odds  are as clear as day, showing the Reds as massive -400 favorites at home at Anfield. They will be welcoming a Blackburn outfit that's priced at +1000 to get the outright win, which would be a shocking result indeed.

A draw meanwhile is quoted at +425 and would mean the two teams would replay at Blackburn, with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs.

 

Liverpool
After a rough start to their campaign, the Reds have really turned the corner, and all of a sudden they find themselves right in the thick of the race for the top four. Their form has been excellent in the league, and they're also still alive in the F.A. Cup, which appears to be their only change of getting any silverware this season.

So far in the cup, Liverpool has topped Wimbledon, Bolton and Crystal Palace, but all of the wins didn't come all that easy. Each victory ended in a 2-1 scoreline in favor of the Reds, so they've certainly had to work to earn their spot in the last eight.

Steven Gerrard has been out with a hamstring issue and has missed a good portion of this great Liverpool run. He's been practicing in full and looks like he's ready to make some kind of return, but you wouldn't fault manager Brendan Rodgers for sticking with what's working. Jordan Henderson has filled in admirably as the interim captain, while the likes of Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge have also been making impacts lately too.

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Blackburn
What a ride it's been in for Blackburn, at least in this cup competition. Rovers have been killing it in the F.A. Cup, beating Charlton 2-1, Swansea City 3-1 and Stoke City 4-1. The latest two victories have been most impressive, with the Championship hopefuls sweeping aside a couple Premier League sides on their way to the quarterfinals.

However, Blackburn hasn't been able to perform as well as they would have liked in league play. Rovers are currently in 10th place in the Championship, compiling 48 points through 35 matches, and they have a goal differential of zero, showcasing just how much inconsistency they've shown throughout the campaign.

Recent results have been very mixed for Blackburn. This is an outfit that's only won one if its last five matches across all competitions. They've picked up one win, three draws and one defeat in their last five matches, so we'll have to see what kind of confidence level they have up in Merseyside. 

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Premier League Pick
While we fully expect Rovers to put up a spirited fight, we're finding it tough to go against this Liverpool team. The Reds are in by far their best form of the season, and as the hottest team in the Premier League right now they'll want to keep momentum going.

What's more, we know the motivation will be at an all-time high, as well as the focus. Liverpool has exited from this competition early in recent seasons, and the Reds want to make the F.A. Cup final for their skipper in his final season as a player for the club. It remains to be seen whether or not Gerrard will be in the starting XI this weekend following a lengthy injury absence.

Regardless, Liverpool has the quality to scoot past Blackburn at home here, and in order to get better value with our soccer picks, we're going to pick them to win by two goals or more. They know the significance of this meeting and will be doing everything in their power to get the result they desire.

Pick: Liverpool 2 Blackburn 0

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