Exeter City v Liverpool Tips – No Cup slip-up for Liverpool
Liverpool edged closer to a Wembley final with a win over Stoke City in the Capital One Cup. Can they make it two on the bounce at Exeter on Friday?
January 7th, 2016
The long history of the FA Cup is littered with giant-killing acts, however we’re not expecting one at Exeter City’s St James’ Park on Friday evening. A win for the Grecians against Liverpool would be a huge upset and to be fair, the Reds have been lacklustre to say the least.
Nevertheless, Jurgen Klopp’s men are still in with a chance of silverware in both cup competitions, although their Premier League title aspirations are lying in tatters following some dismal recent performances, most recently their 2-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend, goals from Michail Antonio and former Reds player Andy Carroll ensuring that the three points stayed at Upton Park.
The Reds responded in decent enough fashion with a narrow 1-0 win over Stoke City in the Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg on Tuesday evening and they can now turn their attention to the easier task of sweeping past struggling League Two side Exeter City on Friday.
This will be Klopp’s first foray into the FA Cup and with the hosts struggling in the bottom half of the League Two table, the German will be confident of securing the win at the first attempt. With that in mind, Exeter will have nothing to lose on Friday and will ‘have a go’ at their Premier League opponents, although it is very doubtful whether they can give Klopp an FA Cup nightmare.
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool are odds-on favourites at 4/9 with Bet365 to proceed into the fourth round draw with relative ease and while we reckon that this is a safe assumption, there is little real value to be had in a Liverpool victory on the outright winner market. Instead we’ll be looking at something a little meatier and with the Reds likely to rediscover their scoring abilities against an Exeter side which have won none of their last five outings, we’ll be backing Liverpool -1 handicap at 21/10 with Bet365, given that they should win by a couple of goals at the very least.
Another tempting couple of options for us is ‘Liverpool win-to-nil’ with William Hill going 29/20 as well as Evens for ‘Both Teams to Score – No’ with the same bookie. Paddy Power go 12/5 for Jordan Ibe to get his name on the scoresheet, a tempting price should he be recalled for this clash.