Liverpool will look to put one foot in the EFL Cup Final when they visit Southampton for their semi-final first leg on Wednesday night – but will they take another step towards a domestic treble?
In his first full season in charge of the club, manager Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool in the running for a clean sweep of domestic silverware and they are now just two games away from appearing in the EFL Cup Final for the second season running. Last year Klopp saw his team fall agonisingly short of winning the trophy as they came from behind to force extra time against Manchester City, only to then lose on penalties at Wembley Stadium.
Southampton are now all that stands between the Reds and a return to the home of English football next month, and Liverpool will be aiming to take control of this two-legged semi-final tie when they visit St Mary’s for the second time this season. The Reds were held to a goalless draw when they visited the South coast back in November, but that is sure to be one of the very few times we do not see at least one goal in a Liverpool game during the Klopp era.
Jurgen Klopp. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)
In fact, Liverpool have had no problems scoring at Southampton in recent years. They have won three of their last five outings at St Mary’s and have scored 13 goals in that time, with six of those coming in a 6-1 rout of Saints when these two teams met in this exact same competition in December 2015. Am I expecting another six-goal rout from Liverpool? No. But am I expecting Klopp’s side to take control of this tie by winning the first leg? Yes.
Liverpool are 29/20 in the bet365
match betting for Wednesday night and I thoroughly recommend taking that. While they have dropped points on their travels in the Premier League, the Reds’ away form has been good with wins at title rivals Arsenal and Chelsea. Southampton, meanwhile, have been a mixed bag at home and they go into this match in pretty miserable form having lost their last three Premier League games – two of which were at home.
Klopp has admitted he has “unfinished business” with this competition and with his team on the brink of another cup final he is likely to name a very strong side. That should result in a first-leg victory and leave them 90 minutes from a walk down Wembley Way next month.
Divock Origi. (Photo by PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Liverpool have notched a few clean sheets recently, but there remains question marks about the backline and both teams to score looks to be a solid bet at 3/4 with bet365
, while I am also tempted by William Hill’s
15/8 about Divock Origi scoring anytime.
The goals have dried up for the Belgian striker since his run of five in five games in late November to mid-December, but he continues to be a major threat to defences and he did score a hat-trick at St Mary’s last season. I would not be surprised to see him find the back of the net again here.
My final recommendation is backing Over 2.5 Total Goals at Even money with bet365
. These two teams may have drawn 0-0 earlier this season, but there are usually goals on the cards when these clubs meet.
Over 2.5 Total Goals has been a winner in four of their last seven meetings and if you placed that bet on every Liverpool game this season you would have had over 15 winners already this season. The Reds’ aggressive attacking style and shaky defence are the perfect recipe for goal-filled games and I would not be surprised to see at least three of them on Wednesday night.
Back Liverpool to win @ 29/20 bet365
Back Over 2.5 Total Goals @ EVS bet365