Liverpool looking good for their first Group B three-pointer in Kazan
It hasn’t taken long for Jurgen Klopp’s self-belief to start rubbing off on his Liverpool players and the Reds are seeking a third victory on the bounce as they make the long midweek trip to Russia to face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
Liverpool needed a scrappy goal from Emre Can to rescue a point against 10-man Rubin in the first meeting between these sides at Anfield after Marko Devic had given the Russians a first-half lead.
But the Merseysiders should really have taken all three points, having 35 attempts on goal. They’ve now drawn all three of their games in Group B but are still second in the section with neither this week’s opponents nor Bordeaux managing a victory so far. But Klopp will have been delighted with his team’s performance at Chelsea on Saturday, where they were worthy winners.
Rubin’s form has been indifferent but they did beat Anzhi in a very chilly Kaspiysk on Sunday when Devic was again on target. The experienced Ukrainian is again likely to be his side’s chief goal threat against Liverpool but coach Valery Chaly will be without suspended captain Oleg Kuzmin.
We have Liverpool at 10/11 to grab all three points in our Full Time Result betting and that could be decent value. Rubin need a win as much at the Premier League side to re-ignite their campaign but will have to readjust their tactics. Without Kuzmin’s organizational skills, they will be vulnerable to the counter-attack and Liverpool are starting to play with the kind of confidence that a 10-match unbeaten run brings.
Adam Lallana seems to find space better than most in this type of game and is 5/2 to be an Anytime Goalscorer. He’s already found the net against Bordeaux and Sion and was his team’s best player in the first game against Rubin. Liverpool have only scored once in all three Europa League matches so far but are 12/5 to break that sequence and score 2 in our Goals Away Team market in Kazan.
The match kicks off at 6.00pm on Thursday, November 5th at the Central’nyj stadion Kazan
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