Plymouth caused something of a cup upset at the weekend by holding a youthful Liverpool side to a goalless draw.
Klopp’d some flack
Liverpool’s manager received criticism from some sections of the footballing world for his FA Cup team section, the starting 11 had an average age of just 21. He will be sure to pick a stronger line up for tonight’s EFL semi-final against Southampton, and has the pleasure of welcoming back midfield dynamo, Phillipe Couthino from injury.
The Reds are yet to win a game this year, after being held by both Plymouth and Sunderland, and are rated as 13/10 favourites to take a first leg advantage here. At those odds it is tough to look past Liverpool, who have only lost once on the road in their five games away from Anfield.
Southampton’s last win came back in mid-December when they overcame Bournemouth, sadly for Claude Puel his team have struggled for results since then. At 23/10 The Saints go into this game as after losses to Spurs, WBA and Everton in the league and a score draw with Norwich in the FA cup.
Sofiane Boufal has looked lively for Southampton in recent games but joins Charlie Austin, Matt Targett and Cedric Soares on the sideline, through injury.
The mini-saga this is Jose Fonte’s attempts to escape Saint Mary’s for pastures new shows no signs off resolving itself, he too is expected to miss the game leaving Claude Puel with a thin line up.
Even though they will have one eye on United on Sunday, Klopp has dropped numerous hints about his desire to win a trophy with Liverpool, and with that in mind he should look to take a first leg advantage into the home league.
We are opting for a Liverpool win and over 2.5 goals at 13/5 to make this a profitable Wednesday night.