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Steaua Bucharest vs Liverpool – Hodgson to stick with young guns

| 02.12.2010

Hodgson will once again revert to selecting his second string side for this Europa League match they must win to confirm qualification.

But Liverpool are still in the process of rebuilding under Roy Hodgson, and the Merseyside club continue to be in awful form away from home leaving Steaua Bucharest the value in the betting market at 15/8.

Match Odds

Liverpool enter this game having taken just seven points from their last 15 games and have won only five of their 26 away games in 2010,suggesting the best Liverpool fans could hope for is a draw at 23/10.

Hodgson’s side did manage their most comfortable of the season when beating Steaua at Anfield 4-1, but the Romanian side have lost just one of their last 18 home matches and are unbeaten in the Europa League since that defeat.

Steaua have scored eight goals in their four Europa League goals this season and the Romanian side are a big price at 11/1 to win 2-0, but the last time these two teams met in Bucharest the game ended 1-1 and that is priced at 11/2.

With four clean sheets in their last nine games, Steaua will be confident of shutting out the Liverpool attack and manager Marius Lacatus will look to Bogdan Stancu, 7/4 to score any time, to win the game for the Romanian side.

Utrecht vs Napoli

Both sides are in desperate need of a win as the loser of this game will definitely be knocked out of the Europa League, and with home advantage, Utrecht look the best bet at 15/8.

But fans at the Galgenwaard shouldn’t expect a classic as both sides have seen just 16 goals in their eight games, and a 1-0 win for Utrecht is priced at 5/1.

A £10 stake on Steaua Bucharest and Utrecht winning would return £82.60. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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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.