Anfield not happy hunting ground for Blackburn this time


Liverpool is on a roll in domestic competitions – one will not go on about its UEFA Europa League misadventure – and it is the best bet on the combined English Premier League and English FA Cup coupon at odds of -303  with Betfred and Ladbrokes to beat Blackburn on Sunday.

Blackburn’s great rival, Burnley, had no answer to Liverpool in the English Premier League at Anfield on Wednesday and, now that Reds manager Brendan Rodgers have worked out how best to use his squad of players, his job is safe again.

Rodgers is yet to win a piece of silverware as Liverpool boss so one cannot see him fielding anything less than a strong Reds team even though Blackburn is 10th in the English Championship and, therefore, 25 places separate the English FA Cup quarter-finalists on the English pyramid.

Blackburn fans have happy memories of Anfield because it was where Rovers clinched their one English Premier League title in 1995. But Blackburn’s English Championship away record is the 12th best in the second division, with its finest road result being its 3-1 win at ninth-placed Nottingham Forest.

Imperative for beating Liverpool at Anfield is an excellent defence and Blackburn fails on that score – Rovers have kept just one clean sheet in their last 14 matches across all competitions and that blank was in a 0-0 draw. Liverpool’s odds are short but bookmakers are right on the money.

Still in the English FA Cup and one is keen to take a punt on Arsenal knocking out Manchester United at Old Trafford because the Red Devils are not playing well no matter what the form book says and, besides, the Gunners have won more games than their last-eight opponents in recent weeks.

Arsenal and Manchester United have met once this season and the result of their English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium was a travesty of justice. Arsenal lost 1-2 to Manchester United when the Gunners deserved to beat the Red Devils by a couple of goals on the balance of play.

Old Trafford being the venue for Monday’s English FA Cup tie is what makes one interested in backing Arsenal. First, the pressure will be on Manchester United to force the pace and that should enable Arsenal to hit the Red Devils with speed on the break, which is its best tactic. And second, Arsenal playing away from home means that Coral are quoting the Gunners at the juicy odds of +225  with Boylesports for a road victory.

Switching to the English Premier League and Tottenham is a fair bet at odds of -115  with Boylesports to get the better of Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Harry Redknapp walked away from Queens Park Rangers at the right time because the Hoops, back in the English Premier League relegation zone as a consequence of Aston Villa’s derby defeat of West Bromwich, are looking increasingly likely to slide back into the English Championship. Queens Park Rangers has lost six of its seven English Premier League matches since a disinterested Hoops side lost 0-3 versus third-tier Sheffield United in the English FA Cup, a result we tipped at +450 .

With regards to exotic bets, the pick is under two and a half goals in the English FA Cup clash between Aston Villa and West Bromwich on Saturday. One was enthusiastic about backing under two and a half goals in Tuesday’s English Premier League game between the local rivals and it took a stoppage-time Christian Benteke penalty kick to deny one. Ladbrokes can expect to business at its top odds of -154 .

Tips Summary

Liverpool to beat Blackburn
8th March 16:00 GMT
Odds:  -200
Where to Bet: BetfredLadbrokes

Arsenal to beat Man Utd
9th March 19:45 GMT
Odds:  +225
Where to Bet: Boylesports

Tottenham to beat QPR
7th March 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -115
Where to Bet: Boylesports

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Loftus Road
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