If Udinese would have anything left to fight for, the visitors would be the underdogs or have the same chances, at best. As it is, Liverpool can secure its passage in Italy, despite the fact that they won’t have Steven Gerrard who is missing due to illness. The British side needs a victory to make sure that they will qualify regardless of what their main contenders do against the Russian revelation Anzhi.
Match: Udinese vs Liverpool
Odds: Bet365 1.90
Things are not going their way in the domestic league, where Liverpool is struggling to stay in the first half of the standings, and are 17 points behind leading Manchester United. The main concern for punters tonight should be the seemingly endless streak of draws recorded away from home, alongside the actual danger posed by DiNatale. The striker will most likely start for Udinese and despite the fact that he is no longer in his prime, he can always find his way to the net.
The hosts are hopeless and regardless of what happens tonight they can’t crawl their way into European spring, which explains why they will showcase an experimental lineup. Their defensive is vulnerable even when the best players are on the pitch, but with the regulars being kept on the bench, the Italians will create plenty of spaces for Luis Suarez. For Liverpool not to qualify from a group that they were expected to win, would translates into a disaster that neither the players nor the management can afford.
The Reds are not impressive and they still have a lot to prove in both the Premier League and Europa League, but this is a do or die situation for them. It is hard to believe that such an experienced team can succumb to pressure and fail to secure all three points against an opponent that has nothing to fight for. Take Bet365’s odds of 1.90 and back the visitors at full stakes, because they won’t let you down.