Liverpool host Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final with the tie all-square at 1-1.
Having avoided defeat on the road and plundered an away goal to boot, the Reds most definitely hold an advantage, even if the bwin odds gurus don’t think so.
They make Die Borussians 3/4 favourites to progress, while they’re 27/20 to win on the night. By contrast, Liverpool can be backed as 37/20 underdogs for an Anfield win and 21/20 to book a semi-final spot.
With such generous odds-against offerings up for grabs, smart punters will side with Jurgen Klopp’s side and these reasons say they’re correct to do so:
None of the previous 15 German teams to visit Anfield has won.
A record as formidable as this must be worth getting behind, even if Dortmund haven’t lost a game in 2015.
In total, 12 of these 15 Bundesliga-based visitors returned home having suffered defeat at Liverpool.
BvB have lost on 50% of their trips to England.
While six of ten attempts to overcome Premier League opposition in their own back yard resulted in failure. Furthermore, Liverpool have proved too tough a foe to conquer in three of four face offs.
Klopp has Thomas Tuchel’s number.
When the current Liverpool boss was calling the shots at the Westfalenstadion, he oversaw eight wins and two draws with his Die Schwarzgelben successor’s Mainz side.
Last week’s stalemate in Germany indicates the Dortmund coach is yet to crack a system strong enough to outdo his countryman.
Reputable adversaries have struggled at Anfield of late.
Liverpool have toppled three of the Premier League’s top five across their last four all competitions home games, conceding one goal in the process.
One of which, Tottenham Hotspur, sit second in the top-flight, another, Manchester City, are in the Champions League semi-finals, while the third, Manchester United, have reached the same stage of the FA Cup.
Conquering quarter finals has proved a specialty of Liverpool’s in recent seasons.
Should the Reds advance this evening, it’ll be six straight last-eight outings navigated across all competitions in a row.