Reds to prevail in low scoring semi

The Reds are the most successful team in League Cup history

Manchester City travel to Anfield on Wednesday night for the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final against Liverpool. The Citizens are looking to overturn a first-leg deficit from their 1-0 defeat two weeks ago.

Cardiff City await the winners having beaten Crystal Palace on penalties to book their place in the Final at Wembley next month.

To stand any chance of playing the Bluebirds for the Cup, City must inflict a first home defeat of the season on Dalglish's men.

Given Liverpool's inconsistent form this season, a route back into Europe is by no means guaranteed via the Premier League and the Carling Cup would perhaps ease some pressure on their quest for European qualification.

The hosts will definitely be without long-term absentee Lucas Leiva and Jay Spearing remains a doubt. Luis Suarez continues to miss out through suspension.

Having publicly criticised his side after the 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers last weekend, Kenny Dalglish may make changes to both his personnel and his formation. Stewart Downing, Dirk Kuyt and Jamie Carragher will all be hoping for a recall.

Roberto Mancini will have key absentees of his own to contend with. Vincent Kompany will complete his four-match ban and Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure are away on international duty with the Ivory Coast. Mario Balotelli will also be missing through suspension unless the City bosses decide to appeal against a violent conduct charge before 6pm on Wednesday.

The Reds are the most successful team in League Cup history having won the tournament seven times. They have only failed to score once in their last 43 League Cup games.

The visitors are the top scorers in the top flight but have only scored five goals in their last seven games away from Eastlands.

Only Swansea City's Liberty Stadium has seen less goals than Anfield in the league this season and Liverpool will be hoping for the kind of solid defensive display that, before Saturday, was commonplace for Pepe Reina and his back-four. Stan James offer a best-priced 5/6 for the game to yield fewer than 2.5 goals.

Anfield has a special atmosphere in games such as this and City have not won there in over eight years. Liverpool's chances of a first trophy since 2006 will diminish considerably unless they can avoid defeat to the Premier League leaders. However, even a one-goal loss may suffice if extra time and/or penalties go in their favour. Bet Victor's 4/9 for the home side to qualify looks very generous indeed.

Recommended bets:

Back Liverpool to Qualify @ 4/9 with Bet Victor

Back Under 2.5 goals @ 5/6 with Stan James

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 25/01/2012 - 12:05 PM
Filed in:- Liverpool Betting News, Manchester City, Liverpool

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