Liverpool may be struggling for form in the Premier League, having won just two of their opening 10 games, but they were deserved 1-0 winners against Anzhi Makhachkala in Group A of the Europa League two weeks ago.
Stewart Downing was on the scoresheet for the home side at Anfield and Brendan Rodgers’ men will know a win in the return fixture will all but ensure a place in the last 32 of the competition.
Liverpool are 61/20 (4.05) underdogs with Marathon Bet to make it six points from six against the Dagestan outfit though, perhaps owing partly to their testing trip to Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
The draw is available at 14/5 (3.80), and the visitors can be backed at 47/50 (1.94) in the double chance market.
That’s a distinct possibility if Anzhi offer up a repeat of their insipid display at Anfield or indeed the disappointing effort at Rubin Kazan last weekend that saw them concede twice inside 20 minutes.
But Dagestan is a tough place to go in more ways than one, and Guus Hiddink’s side are a formidable opponent on their own turf – as a record of 11 wins and a draw from 12 games this season would indicate.
With Liverpool having played their last seven matches in their home city (six at Anfield, one at Goodison Park), the trip could faze the players. Anzhi are 47/50 (1.94) with Marathon Bet to win.
But for the pick of the bets it is important to note that Anzhi’s real strength has shown late on in front of their own fans with Samuel Eto’o producing a number of late winners.
Anzhi have scored in the second half in 10 consecutive home games – and that can be backed at 33/50 (1.66) with Marathon Bet.
10 of Anzhi’s wins this season have also come to nil and that scenario can be tipped here at 53/20 (3.65).
But with Liverpool having scored in 11 of their last 12, that’s a tough one to call – the Reds are 12/25 (1.48) to score in this one.
So the value bet is for Anzhi to gain a measure of revenge for the result at Anfield and win by two clear goals here.
The Russian team have already won by that scoreline six times this season and it can be backed at a chunky 23/5 (5.60) with Marathon Bet.
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