A much-changed Liverpool side will contest the second leg of their Europa League last-32 duel with Besiktas, but the Reds’ reserves remain entirely capable of staging another ‘night in Istanbul’.
Nine years on from their Champions League final heroics against AC Milan, in which the Merseysiders prevailed despite being 3-0 down at half time, Brendan Rodgers’ troops will grace the Ataturk Stadium once again, this time attempting to defend the 1-0 lead they procured last Thursday.
Their Anfield victory seven days ago may have been somewhat laborious, but there’s a sizeable 6/4 about the English outfit snaring the spoils that can’t be ignored.
Slaven Bilic’s men can be backed at 39/20, while the draw is on offer at 23/10, but there’s no need to deviate from an away win here.
It’s a wager that entitles backers to a £45 profit if they stake their £30 free bet for opening an account at bwin.com and there are plenty of reasons supporting any decision to do so.
Here are couple of ‘em:
The core of the side has not been devastated by squad rotation.
Liverpool’s travelling party contains several individuals yet to cross the 20-years threshold, but there are enough senior figures in the ranks to guide the fledgling stars
Martin Skrtel is on hand to marshal the defence, a re-jigged midfield will have Joe Allen and Emre Can holding the fort and the likes of Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge will spearhead the attack.
Besiktas must attack.
After failing to register an all-important away goal, the Turks have little option but to go gung-ho here, which will leave them wide open to counter attack.
Such news is sure to delight the famed speedsters in the travelling delegation.
The Reds are stronger on the road.
Last week’s 1-0 win was anything but resounding, but Liverpool tend to do better on their travels.
Across their last ten away games they’ve recorded eight wins, as opposed to four at base camp.
The Black Eagles leak goals at home.
Despite losing just twice at home all season, Besiktas have prevented just four of their 15 visitors from scoring.