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Liverpool v Gomel: Reds to seal routine Europa League progress

| 07.08.2012

Buoyed by the news of Luis Suarez’ new long-term contract with the club, Liverpool can easily justify 1/8 odds to beat Gomel on Thursday night.

Their opponents were Belarusian Super Cup champions last term, but offer little quality in comparison to the home side, hence their massive 11/1 odds to win in 90 minutes.

A draw would be enough to see Liverpool through at 11/2, but new boss Brendan Rodgers will be keen to get off to a winning start in his first competitive home game at the helm.

Rodgers would probably hope to record victory in a more emphatic fashion than his side managed in the first leg of this tie too, but those who do believe a repeat of Liverpool’s 1-0 win is in prospect can back that outcome at 11/2.

It could pay dividends to back the Reds to discover the scoring touch on their own patch though, with the three goals they have racked up in four pre-season outings all coming away from Anfield.

With this in mind, 5/1 odds regarding a 3-0 home win are tempting, especially considering that this was the Reds’ most commonly occurring haul at home last year when they found the net at least once.

Half markets could also prove appealing to those fancying a dominant Liverpool win, with the Reds 1/2 to be leading at half-time and full-time.

For punters who think a repeat of their performance in Belarus could ensue though, the 11/4 for a draw at half-time and a full-time home win will be of interest.

As aforementioned, Suarez has recently signed a new contract at Anfield, and the Uruguayan forward could celebrate by opening the scoring at 11/4 here.

Alternatively, punters may wish to side with Fabio Borini at 3/1 for the first goal, with the former Roma striker in line for a home debut in this clash.

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



John Klee