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Make money from Liverpool’s date with Trabzonspor

“…and that, Glen, is how you do a French Plait…”

Roy Hodgson and Glen Johnson

For those of you looking for an extra thrill tonight, as you flip endlessly between football scores on your iPhone/ iPad/Macbook/Sony Bravia LCH HD TV, why not try your hand at a spot of gambling? After all, judging from the facts laid down in the sentence before this one, you seem to be in pretty decent financial shape.

Here’s some betting information from our buddies at Betfair Football:

After a busy summer, it’s been a relatively quite couple of days at Anfield. It’s looking increasingly likely that Javier Mascherano will be staying on Merseyside, and there have been a couple of minor injuries, but apart from that, the good ship Liverpool seems to be sailing in calm waters.

That shouldn’t change tonight. Trabzonspor finished last season fifth in the Turkish top division, and got their new season off to a winning start with a comfortable 2-0 win against Ankaragücü.

However, their record in the Europa League leaves a lot to be desired. The Turkish side have played ten games in Europe’s Carling Cup since 2003, and have only managed to win three of them. Their away record is particularly poor, with only one win in five trips abroad.

Their disappointing record in Europe could not be more different to that of Liverpool’s. Regardless of their one win and one final appearance in the Champions League in the past five years, the Reds Europa League record is extremely intimidating for any visitor to Anfield.

In a run stretching back ten years, Liverpool have only lost two of 19 home games in the Europa League (formerly the UEFA Cup) and won all four of their games last season, as well as their comfortable 2-0 victory against Rabotnički in the last qualifying round this term.

Liverpool may be without Javier Mascherano and Daniel Agger through injury, but with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole to call upon – not to mention new signing Christian Poulsen, Liverpool should have far too much for the visitors.

It’s definitely worth backing Liverpool to win at 1.27, but add some extra value by also backing under 2.5 goals at a very tempting 2.24. Liverpool’s last three home games haven’t yielded over two goals, and with Fernando Torres looking unlikely to play, there’s certainly a chance they could struggle to demolish the visitors.

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