The last day of the Premier League season is almost here and although the clash between Liverpool and QPR is effectively meaningless as far as final league positions go, there will be plenty of emotion on display as legendary Red Jamie Carragher makes the final appearance of his career.
The Kop is sure to be in full voice to send off the man with the second-most appearances in the club’s history and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that his team can sign off the season with another big win.
When Liverpool win, they tend to win big, including 5-0 home triumphs over Norwich City and Swansea City and a 6-0 hammering away to Newcastle United.
However, it’s not all roses and goals as three of their last six games have ended goalless, including two of their last three at home.
Rangers are set to sign off as well as they take part in their last Premier League game for at least a season.
As Reading have shown, there can often be a trend that once teams are relegated and the pressure is off, they improve markedly, but that hasn’t happened for the Loftus Road outfit.
Harry Redknapp’s men have lost both games since a draw at Reading consigned them to Championship football next season and have not won since their 3-1 triumph over Sunderland in early March.
It’s always rather tricky to predict what’s going to happen on the last day of the season, especially when QPR are involved (just ask Manchester City).
The Hoops have players who are capable of winning games in the Premier League, despite what their manager says, and will be hoping to go out in style with all three points at Anfield.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Aston Villa and West Brom have all beaten Liverpool on the Reds’ home turf and you can back QPR to add their name to that list with incredibly long odds of 11/1.
However, as explained above, Liverpool’s problem of late has been drawing games as opposed to losing them – Rodgers’ men have tied six of their home fixtures this season, and 13 overall.
QPR have also drawn 13, but it is their record of just four wins that has sent them down, so if a stalemate sounds plausible to you then you might be interested in the 11/2 on offer that this one ends all square.
If you wish to be more specific, then you can find 17/1 on Liverpool experiencing another 0-0 on home soil to end their campaign.
However, despite missing star striker Luis Suarez, the Reds have still banged in nine goals in their three Suarez-less games, thanks in no small part to January recruit Daniel Sturridge, who bagged five of those goals.
The end of the season is coming at a bad time for the Merseyside club, as they appear to be really kicking into gear thanks to Sturridge’s goals and the mercurial talents of Philippe Coutinho, and they will be determined to send Carragher off into retirement with a big win.
QPR are one of only three sides who have scored less than 40 goals this season, finding the net on just 30 occasions so far.
With that in mind, they may struggle to break through at Anfield and after all, it would be just plain rude to score against Carragher on Sunday.
Liverpool are short at 1/5 to win, so I am being a bit more ambitious and backing a 3-0 win for for the home side, which is a bit longer at 27/4.
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So that’s it for 2012/13, it’s been an absolute blast. Let’s have another football season in August.
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