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Liverpool v Hearts: Reds to record comfortable Anfield victory

| 30.08.2012

Liverpool scraped past Hearts in the first leg of their Europa League tie last week, but can achieve a far more comfortable win in the return leg at Anfield.

The home side are heavily favoured to triumph in 90 minutes, attributed a 1/5 price to do so, and it is difficult to see past the Reds.

They were unlucky not to best Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, and should have far too much quality for their SPL counterparts here, even amidst squad rotation.

Therefore, only the most ardent of Hearts fans will likely take interest in their price to win the game, even though it is a massive 14/1 regarding that outcome.

Even achieving a draw seems unlikely for the travelling Scottish outfit, but those who feel the stalemate is a plausible scenario can back the sides to finish level at 5/1.

What appears more likely is a repeat of Liverpool succeeding without being breached, and it is a very generous 4/5 they win to nil again here.

Many will expect the Reds to triumph by a bigger margin at home though, so it could be wise to avoid the 9/2 odds about a 1-0 home win.

A better option may be to back a repeat of the scoreline Liverpool won by in their last home Europa League outing, with a 3-0 ‘Pool win a 5/1 hope.

Alternatively, the Reds tempt at 1/1 to score two or three times, whilst those feeling a more goal-laden performance is in store can have 15/8 about four or more Liverpool goals.

And handicap markets could provide profitable betting opportunities in this match too, with Liverpool 4/9 to recover from a one-goal deficit.

It is an appealing 5/4 the Reds overcome a two-goal handicap meanwhile, and 10/3 that Hearts are beaten despite being given a three-goal head start.

As aforementioned, Brendan Rodgers is likely to rotate his side from this past weekend, so first scorer bets should be placed with caution.

Raheem Sterling could prove the best option, with the young winger mightily impressive in his opening two outings for the club, and he is 6/1 to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee