Liverpool – Anzhi 25.10.2012
Liverpool are unlikely to change their approach of fielding weakened sides in Europa League matches, which should make a job for Anzhi a whole lot easier.
The Russians are on top of their game at the moment, and they do look like favourites to win this one.
Liverpool have experienced huge problems at the start of the season, as the players seem to struggle with adapting to Brendan Rodgers’ style of coaching. Add to that a huge pressure of expectations and some poor dealings in the transfer window, and you will understand why the Reds are well below par in the opening exchanges. It is more than clear that nobody apart from Luis Suarez can score goals on regular basis, while it is evident the new boss has yet to find a real balance in the side. With such a small squad to choose from, Rodgers has no choice but to field under strength sides in Europa League, and after doing so against Young Boys and Udinese, it is highly unlikely that he will change his approach now that derby game against Everton is just three days away. That is one of the reasons why I am tempted to back Anzhi here.
Match: Liverpool – Anzhi 21.05h
League: Europa League
Our prediction: Draw or Away win (Double Chanse) Odds: 1.65
Anzhi have really come a long way over the last few years and it seems Guus Hiddink has created a very balanced squad that do not entirely depend on star players like Eto’o, Diarra, Boussoufa or Samba. This is the reason why the club from Makhachkala are dominating one of the toughest championships in European football, having taken no less than 29 points from 12 league games this season. The Russians are even more motivated to prove their worth in Europe, where they have won 7 of 8 games this season, while only sharing spoils away at Udinese, after completely outplaying their more illustrious opponents. Having won their last six games in all competitions,
Anzhi will see this match as an excellent opportunity to not only edge closer to Europa League knockout stages, but also to prove everyone they have what it takes to mix it up with the best sides in Europe and i think that they will not lose tinight.