Liverpool fans will be turning up at Anfield on Boxing Day expecting more festive cheer as well as three points when bottom of the Premiership Blackburn come to town. If Steve Keen hasn’t been sacked by then he could certainly be in line to lose his job after the game if it doesn’t go Blackburn’s way, at the time of writing Keen is just 1/4 to be the next Premiership manager to leave his job.
Liverpool unexpectedly dropped two points at Wigan during the week but the draw between Spurs and Chelsea was a good result as far as Liverpool’s top four hopes are concerned and Liverpool can now be backed at 5/2 for a top four finish this season. Those odds will have plenty of takers still but the impending suspension of Luis Suarez is going to make the next couple of months a difficult period unless Andy Carroll can show his Newcastle form, if that happens then Suarez’s suspension could end up being a blessing in disguise.
Suarez will be in the team again for this game though and with Liverpool pretty much at full strength it is no surprise that the bookies are taking no chances about the odds available on a home win in this fixture, the current best odds on a Liverpool win on Boxing Day are just 3/10. Those odds might seem very short but Blackburn are bottom of the table for a good reason. Blackburn have not managed an away win this season, they are one of only two teams in the league without an away victory and the bookies don’t think it will come in this match as you can get 12/1 on Blackburn. There could be some punters willing to back the draw in this game though, the most common result at Anfield this season has been the draw with five out of eight games ending all square whilst Blackburn have drawn as many games as they have lost on the road, the draw is 9/2.
Liverpool have dominated this fixture in the Premiership, the last time Blackburn won at Anfield was all the way back in 1993 and the last time Blackburn even managed a draw here was in 2006. It is therefore no surprise that the bookies are offering 3/10, Liverpool have won ten and drawn five of the last fifteen meetings between the sides at Anfield. In four of the last five matches Blackburn have scored precisely one goal against Liverpool and despite Blackburn’s problems this season they know where the back of the net is, they have scored 24 goals this season which is 4 more goals than Liverpool. Liverpool haven’t been high scorers this season so perhaps the best correct score bet is 2-1 and 9/1 looks a good price on that bet. Liverpool have only scored three goals in four games but those games came against better defences than Blackburn’s so if you fancy more goals from Liverpool then 3-1 would be of interest at 11/1.
The most backed scorer for Liverpool in this game will be centre of attention Luis Suarez and he is a very short price in the goalscorer betting, those looking to back Suarez for the first goal can get 3/1 whilst the Uruguayan is 4/5 to score at anytime. There could be a little more value in one of the other more attacking players for Liverpool and in recent games Maxi Rodriguez has been linking up well with Suarez and with two recent goals against Chelsea he could be worth supporting at 8/1 to net the first goal or 2/1 to get on the scoresheet at anytime in the match.
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