The curse of the Carling Cup seems to have struck again, in recent seasons teams who have won the Carling Cup have barely picked up a Premiership point for the rest of the season and three points from four games shows that the team have perhaps taken their eye of the league campaign. A home match against Wigan will be exactly what most fans want this week but it is exactly the sort of game that Liverpool have been drawing at home all season so can Liverpool take all three points?
The bookies seem to think so as Liverpool can be backed at just 3/10 at the time of writing making them very short odds for back to back home wins after the 3-0 against Everton just under two weeks ago. Those odds aren’t going to make many people rich so the handicap market could help boost the odds, Liverpool are 5/6 to win this match by more than one goal and that could be a price that appeals to many whilst Liverpool are priced up at 2/1 to win this match by more than two goals. If you aren’t so confident of victory then the odds on Liverpool winning by exactly one goal are 3/1. Draws have been common theme at Anfield this season and another draw is 4/1 whilst you can get 12/1 on Wigan inflicting just a second home defeat of the season on Liverpool in the Premiership.
Previous meetings between these teams at Anfield have largely gone the way of Liverpool but recent wins have hardly been emphatic. In the last four matches between the teams here two games have ended up 1-1, including last season’s match, whilst the other two have been won by 3-2 and 2-1 scorelines. With Liverpool drawing more than half their games at Anfield this season and not performing brilliantly recently it could be worth covering the 1-1 scoreline at 10/1 with most bookies. The fact that Liverpool won both the other games by one goal margins again points to that bet at 3/1 currently whilst you can back another 2-1 win at 9/1 and who could rule out a 3-2 victory after the 3-2 loss in the week? That bet is available at 33/1 at the time of writing.
Sebastian Coates managed to show more composure than some of the strikers have shown all season when scoring an outrageous goal on Wednesday, if you fancy the Uruguayan to net at any time in this match you can get odds of 10/1 generally and just 5/1 with one bookie, the latter looks a horribly short price. Drik Kuyt could offer the best value in the goalscorer markets for this match, the Dutchman is 6/1 to score first and 6/4 to score at anytime whilst the favourite is Luis Suarez and he has an obvious chance at 10/3 to open the scoring and 8/11 to score past Wigan at any point in the match.
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