JUST one FA Cup Quarter-Final on Sunday. Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) takes a look at the Liverpool v Blackburn match.
Liverpool v Blackburn | Sunday 16:00 | BT Sport 1
Liverpool are simply irresistible at the moment. I feel like I’m eulogising about them every time I hunker in front of the keyboard. They’re playing like it’s the first half of 2014 again! Unbeaten in the league since December 14th last year, and just two 90 minute losses in their last 27 matches, they cut an impressive figure.
Gobs were well and truly smacked on Sunday when they took out the champions in the Premier League, just hours after crawling off a plane from Turkey in low spirits. As I hinted at (successfully I may add) on Wednesday, they must be wrecked. Will Brendan Rodgers shuffle his pack on Sunday? I’d be temped too if I was him.
They played a (fairly) weaker side at home to Bolton in the Fourth Round and should do the same here. That might play into the hands of Blackburn.
Let’s make it clear, I’ve called Blackburn wrong all competition. I thought Swansea would beat them, they didn’t. I thought Stoke would beat them, they didn’t. And all this while their fans couldn’t give a toss (see attendances)!
Rovers are 12/1 with Betfred to win here. Not bad for a side with just one loss from their last seven matches. Look, Liverpool at full throttle would make mincemeat of this mid-table Championship side for sure, but let me explore the angle of a weaker side turning up.
Back in the Fourth Round at Anfield, on the back of a nine match unbeaten run, Liverpool could only draw with Bolton. Wanderers have been a poorer side than Blackburn this season, so it might be worth a fun interest in the Championship club.
I’ll keep my stake very small and have a minuscule interest in Blackburn +1 (essentially to avoid defeat) at 14/5 with BetBright. There are better bets to be had in the next few days.
Liverpool v Blackburn – Blackburn + 1 (14/5 BetBright)
Liverpool, just two 90 minute defeats in their last 27 matches, available at 5/2 to beat mid-table Championship side Blackburn at Anfield!