Manchester City have already stuttered in the second round of the Europa League and Liverpool could be about to follow them on what will be a tricky night in Praugue.
Sparta Prague have only played two friendlies since the Czech Liga paused for a break before Christmas, and their lack of match practice coupled with Liverpool’s lack of ambition away from home suggests this could be a dour affair.
Liverpool are the 5/6 favourites to win on Thursday night, but considering they drew all three of their Europa League group matches away from home, punters should consider the 23/10 for the draw.
Sparta have lost both of their friendlies while the break in the Czech Liga has been on, and while Sparta are a big price at 13/5 to beat Liverpool at home, their rustiness makes the draw the most appealing bet.
Luis Suarez is cup-tied for the Europa League so Liverpool’s miserable form in front of goal on the continent is set to continue, and a 0-0 draw is priced at a short 11/2.
It would be a huge surprise if the game was to produce over 2.5 goals and punters should fill their boots with the 4/6 for under 2.5 goals in the game.
Sparta scored 12 goals in their six Europa League group games but have since lost their star striker Wilfried Bony to Vitesse Arnhem and with both teams losing star stikers in the January transfer window, goals will come at a premium.
Sparta are a massive 12/5 to keep a clean sheet while Liverpool are, surprisingly, a lot shorter at 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.
We saw Man City settle for a 0-0 draw away from home on Tuesday and it would be no surprise to see Liverpool to do the same.
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