Sports Betting Picks – Liverpool V Portsmouth – Preview
Posted on March 15, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
Tonight at 20:00 GMT Liverpool will host the match against Portsmouth for the 30th match day of the English Premiership. Completely different aims for the two teams as Liverpool is trying to secure the fourth spot that will offer them the opportunity to battle for a an entry into next year’s Champions League, while Portsmouth is battling hard to avoid relegation.
Liverpool is currently at the 6th position in the Premier League standings with 48 points after 29 games. They hold a quite good home record with 10 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats while they scored 33 goals and conceded 12. On the other hand, Portsmouth is battling hard to avoid relegation despite the fact that they are currently 8 points behind the safe zone. They are last in the standings with 19 points after 28 games. Their away record is 2 wins, 2 draws and 10 defeats while they scored only 7 goals and conceded 25.
The reality is that Liverpool has returned to the mediocre performances of the first round as they suffered 3 away defeats (Arsenal, Wigan, Lille), 1 away draw (Manchester City) and they struggled to secure a home win against Blackburn with a 2-1 score (1-1-5 record in the last 5 games). The morale in Anfield is not high at all but the team knows that they need to secure a win no matter the cost. The same reasons stands for Pompey as any point(s) they can secure on this stage will benefit the team as there are 10 more matches before the end of the season. However, this will be a very hard task as Liverpool has the power to get the right results at home.
Liverpool’s manager, Rafa Benitez will not have the services of Skrtel and Aurelio while Benayoun is also doubtful. Maxi Rodriguez is expected to be back in the starting eleven and it is about time to start producing some high level displays. Portsmouth’s manager will not have the services of Boateng and Yedba while Utaka is doubtful as well. The good news for Grant is the availability of Vanden Borre, Rocha and Mokoena. Most likely all three will be in the starting eleven.
The online sports books have Liverpool as clear favorites where the home win is down to 1.25, the draw up to 5.25 while the Portsmouth’s away win up to 13.00. We should mention here that at the first round match Portsmouth prevailed with a 2-0 score.
The Over / Under 2.5 goals is at 1.67 / 2.10 but I believe that the most secure bet will be to choose the Total Goals bet of 2 to 3 which is to a very good price of 2.00. If you would like to risk a little further the correct scores of 2-0 (6.00) or 3-0 (8.50) are a good choice. Find the best online sportsbetting sites as well as exclusive highly rated poker bonus offers by broswing through our index.
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