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Cash in on unusually high Liverpool stat in Europa League final

| 18.05.2016

There are so many fascinating plots converging to make the 2015/16 Europa League final between Liverpool and Sevilla such an eagerly anticipated spectacle. Not many fans or punters will be thinking too hard about the amount of corners that might be awarded though.

Will Jurgen Klopp’s side prevail and land the German his first piece of silverware as Liverpool manager just seven months into his tenure or, will Sevilla’s vice-like grip on Europe’s second tier trophy hold fast and deny the charismatic Reds boss his moment in the sun?

This is the burning question on everyone’s lips, though it’s a very prickly one to answer with any conviction as the proximity of the match odds reveal.

Liverpool are the slenderest of 11/8 favourites to win in 90 minutes, while Unai Emery’s seasoned Europa League performers can be backed at 23/10.

Ladbrokes customers have already been alerted to the threat posed to the Premier League outfit by Sevilla’s main man Kevin Gameiro, who is on seven for the tournament and 28 for the season.

Corner-ing the market in Basel

An easier avenue of profit in this unpredictable Swiss showdown looks to lie in the corners and cards market though.

Props must go to the Reds’ attacking threat under Klopp given the 99 corners his team have been awarded in the Europa League to date.

That’s exactly 50 more than their corner-shy opponents on Wednesday night and 20 more than defeated semi-finalists Villarreal, who have the next highest corner-count in the tournament.

For Liverpool that’s an average of 7.07 corners per match. Boasting such a bye-line threat, the 11/10 on the English club to be awarded over six in the match looks a shrewd investment.

Klopp’s men are 4/5 to be the first team to place the ball in the quadrant (or just on the edge of it) five times in the match and, at 2/3, they look a steal simply to win the corner count in Basel.

Given their average ratio though, why not push the boat out and dabble on the 15/4 about Liverpool being the first team to take nine corners on the night.

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



Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.