Getting home late from another hard day’s hustle is no excuse not to catch the end of Basel v Liverpool, a clash destined for a thrilling climax.
Late goals have been a feature of both sides’ play this season and the Reds, who succumbed to Phil Jagielka’s injury-time thunderbolt last time out, were not the only ones rueing a late lapse in concentration this weekend.
FC Thun’s Berat Sadik pounced on a late through ball to claim a 1-1 draw against Basel at St Jakob-Park.
It makes the 19/20 about one or more nestling beyond the gloved reaches of either keeper between 75 minutes and full time look worth a few sheets of anyone’s hard-earned.
Five of Liverpool’s seven games this term against top-tier opposition have witnessed at least one strike inside the final 15 minutes.
Their previous Champions League outing saw no less than three bagged, meaning they’ve now scored three and conceded four inside the final quarter hour in seven games against teams from Europe’s top divisions this season.
Each of the hits the Anfield club earned came when they were trying to alter the destination of the points, against Southampton, Manchester City and Ludogorets.
Such numbers suggest the Reds definitely have it in them to affect the result for better of worse between 75 minutes and the final whistle.
Weighty corroboration is on hand from the hosts, with nine of the 11 games involving Paulo Sousa’s men so far this term producing goals in the last quarter of an hour.
As for the match betting…
Liverpool are perhaps less precarious jollies for victory in the contest than they should be at 11/10 given Basel’s recent record of resistance against the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Man Utd.
The Rossocrociati are 12/5 to collect three points on home turf, just as they did against the Blues last term, with the draw a shade more likely in the eyes of the bwin odds boffins at 23/10.