Our resident betting expert is tipping a stalemate between Liverpool and Anzhi, while backing plenty of goals between Newcastle and Club Brugge and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe to score again.
Rodgers cannot risk resting Suárez with Liverpool in third place in Group A, behind Thursday’s opponents and Udinese. The Uruguayan is their top goal scorer this season, netting five times in eight appearances. So The Tipster is backing Suárez to score at any time against Anzhi at solid odds of 6/5.
Liverpool are a point behind Anzhi and Udinese in Group A, and with a daunting trip to Russian leaders in a fortnight’s time looming large, Rodgers’ men need a win. But Guus Hiddink’s side are unbeaten in 13 games, winning nine, while Liverpool have only won once at Anfield this season. Liverpool and Anzhi to draw is therefore a good bet at 12/5.
Newcastle are currently top of Group D after an emphatic 3-0 victory over Bordeaux in their last Europa League outing. Four of the Magpies’ last five games in all competitions have finished with over 2.5 goals – so The Tipster is backing over 2.5 goals on Thursday night at 17/20.
Defoe scored the winning goal in both of England’s games against Slovenia in a 2-1 friendly win in 2009 and a 1-0 victory at the 2010 World Cup. The Spurs striker is good form, with five goals in his last eight games. The Tipster is backing Defoe to net at any time against Maribor at 4/6.
Tottenham should have beaten Panathinaikos in their last Europa League outing, but André Villas-Boas’ men conceded a late equaliser. Meanwhile, Maribor’s last three games have all finished 1-0. The Tipster’s ambitious long shot for this edition is Tottenham to a 1-0 win on Thursday at very tempting odds of 11/2.
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