Our resident betting expert expects the Liverpool captain to score in what is sure to be a tight game – and is predicting Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur to share the spoils at the Stadium of Light.
Liverpool have regularly turned to Gerrard to reverse their ailing fortunes in the past, and their inspirational captain will be asked to deliver once again against Alex McLeish’s Villa on Saturday. Gerrard is also set to be on penalty duty and hit a hat-trick in 3-0 win over Everton at Anfield in March, all making 6/4 for him to net at any time a solid bet to get us started.
The Reds struggles at home this season have been well-documented, with Dalglish’s side picking up a measly 23 points from a possible 45 at Anfield. This poor run of form includes eight draws on Merseyside, while Aston Villa have drawn eight games themselves on their travels. So 10/3 for Liverpool and Villa to share the points is definitely a value bet.
McLeish’s side have struggled to score goals both home and away – and with leading striker Darren Bent still injured, the Birmingham outfit will find it difficult to break down Liverpool’s defence. Meanwhile, nine of the Reds’ home games have finished with under 2.5 goals this season, and the Tipster reckons the same to happen on Saturday is worth a punt at 21/20.
Spurs have failed to win any of their last seven games on the road and face an uncomfortable trip to the Stadium of Light – Tottenham’s victory at Sunderland last season was their first in seven attempts. The Black Cats have been reinvigorated by Martin O’Neill’s appointment and are unbeaten in their last three home games. So Sunderland and Spurs to draw is a solid shout at 12/5.
Sunderland caused an upset against Manchester City last weekend and the Black Cats were five minutes from an unlikely victory at The Etihad stadium before Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov rescued a point. Sebastian Larsson netted twice at Eastlands and the 26-year-old has an impressive eight goals this season. So, the Tipster’s speculative long-range effort for this edition is for the Swede to continue his goal scoring streak against Spurs at 9/2.
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