There is all to play for on Thursday night as Liverpool welcome Young Boys to Anfield for their latest clash in Group A of the Europa League. The Reds go into the match as odds on favourites as they look to boost their chances of qualifying for the last-32 of the competition, although the Swiss side are right in the mix for qualification as well and cannot be underestimated.
Liverpool and Young Boys are both level on six points in Group A after four matches, with Russian side Anzhi top on seven points and Udinese propping up the rest with four points so qualification is likely to go right down to the wire. Liverpool are 4/9 on to get a valuable three points this week though, while the draw is 11/4 and Young Boys are 5/1 with Ladbrokes.
It is no surprise to see Brendan Rodgers' side at such a short price as Young Boys have a dismal away record in Europe, losing 14 of their last 15, albeit their sole win did come in their last outing against Udinese. Despite that record, the Swiss team are generally great entertainment and their four games in the competition so far have yielded 19 goals.
They lost 5-3 to Liverpool in Berne when the two teams met in September and Ladbrokes offer 11/8 for over 3.5 goals and another exciting spectacle. There is one man who dominates the betting to get that first goal as Luis Suarez is 5/2 favourite to score first after notching 13 goals this season and he is in red hot form.
Suarez scored two in Liverpool's 3-0 win over Wigan at the weekend as the Reds secured their first win, and their first clean sheet, in six matches. The result leaves them in 11th place in the Premier League table but there is a feeling that things haven't quite 'clicked' at Anfield just yet.
The Reds have taken a while to get into matches of late, with each of their last five goals coming in the second half of games, and Ladbrokes bookmakers go evens for the second half to be the highest scoring of Thursday's game. Liverpool also remain defensively suspect and the 2/1 on offer for Liverpool to win and both teams to score combined offers far better value than the outright match odds.
Young Boys certainly have the firepower to cause Liverpool problems and Raul Bobadilla is the second top scorer in the Europa League with four goals. Bobadilla is a 7/1 punt to be first goalscorer this week, although it is tough to make a case for the Swiss side to cause an upset as they head into the game on the back of two wins in their last seven in all competitions.
They are currently fifth in the Swiss Super League and it doesn't bode well that they have managed to win just three of their 13 away games this season. Liverpool look to be slowly improving under Brendan Rodgers and they can enhance their qualification hopes with a valuable win this week.
Liverpool v Young Boys Tips
Tip #1: Liverpool win and both teams to score @ 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #2: Over 3.5 goals @ 11/8 with Ladbrokes.
Tip #3: Raul Bobadilla to score first @ 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
5/1 Young Boys
Correct Score Odds
7/1 Liverpool 1-0
6/1 Liverpool 2-0
7/1 Liverpool 2-1
12/1 Draw 0-0
15/2 Draw 1-1
14/1 Draw 2-2
18/1 Young Boys 1-0
28/1 Young Boys 2-0
16/1 Young Boys 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
5/2 Luis Suarez
6/1 Adam Morgan
6/1 Samed Yesil
6/1 Raheem Sterling
6/1 Daniel Pacheco
7/1 Jonjo Shelvey
7/1 Raul Bobadilla
9/1 Oussama Assaidi
10/1 Joe Cole
12/1 No Goalscorer
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes.com, who offer live betting in-running for all Europa League matches.
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