Liverpool vs Braga – Braga 1/1 to qualify with just a draw needed

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They tell you that European nights at Anfield produce some of the best atmospheres in world football, but you can guarantee plenty of nerves inside the Kop End on Thursday.

With talismanic skipper Steven Gerrard missing and Luis Suarez cup-tied, a weakened Liverpool team will have to produce their finest performance of the Europa League so far to progress and at 8/11 to qualify, punters may be better looking at the 1/1 for Braga to qualify.

Match odds

Braga were humiliated by Arsenal at the Emirates earlier in the season but while Arsenal were the top scorers in the Champions League, Liverpool have managed nine goals in their nine Europa League games, and five of those ended without the Reds troubling the scorers.

Liverpool are unbeaten at home in the Europa League this season and are understandably huge favourites at 4/9 to beat Braga.

Braga’s home form is a lot stronger than their away form in Europe but after wins over Partizan Belgrade and Sevilla, the Portuguese side can’t be written off and they are a big price at 7/1 to win.

Total Goals

A 1-0 win for Liverpool is the favoured result at 5/1 and would send the tie into extra time.

A nervy game means chances will come at a premium and backing under 2.5 goals at 4/6 looks a solid bet, while either a win or a draw would be good enough to see Braga through and the 0-0 draw is backable at 7/1, while a 1-1 draw is available at 6/1.

Liverpool have it all to do and Braga will put up a stubborn fight meaning Kenny Dalglish will have to use all his tactical nous.

Andy Carroll may prove the difference and the big man is 3/1 to get the first goal.

A £20 stake on Liverpool winning 2-0 would return £110. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth up to £60.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.