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Young Boys v Liverpool: Swiss side eyeing second Prem scalp

| 20.09.2012

Liverpool begin their Europa League campaign with a trip to the Swiss capital where they’ll face a Young Boys side who have found their feet at home in recent weeks.

The Bern-based club are a 7/4 shot to sink a Reds team that will be missing a host of big names ahead of a Premier League tussle with old foes Man United on the horizon.

Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Pepe Reina are just three of the first-team stalwarts who haven’t got on the plane to Switzerland and the team that beat Tottenham at home two seasons ago will be eyeing another upset here.

Young Boys won that Champions League play-off game 3-2 before getting thumped in the return fixture and they’re priced up at 40/1 to repeat the feat again.

Following an opening-day defeat, Young Boys’ home form has improved to see them rack up two wins and a draw at the Stade de Suisse, conceding just one goal in that spell.

This doesn’t bode well for Liverpool who have been far from free-scoring during Brendan Rodgers’ short tenure – they’ve found the net just three times in four games. This doesn’t seem too bad at first glance, but two of these games were against Hearts and Gomel of Macedonia and a better team would have managed many more.

With no win in four, Rodgers can ill-afford to be on the end of an embarrassing European defeat; his side can be backed at 8/5 to win the game, whereas a draw is the most likely outcome at 11/5.

Boys will make it tough for a Liverpool second-string but, they should still have the quality to avoid defeat. This makes the 7/1 offered with Ladbrokes that the Reds come from behind to draw the game a bet worth getting involved with.

All odds and markets are correct as of publication



James Middleton