Liverpool Don’t Lose Against German Opponents At Anfield
Liverpool have a tremendous record against opponents from Germany at Anfield and that could be enhanced when they play Bayern Munich there in the Champions League tonight. The first leg of this last 16 tie brings together the teams in second place in the Premier League and Bundesliga. Jurgen Klopp knows how to beat Bayern from his time as the manager of Borussia Dortmund.
In 17 fixtures at home against German sides Liverpool have won 14 and drawn three. Bayern are missing several stalwarts including Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben and Liverpool have had a break because they were not involved in the fifth round of the FA Cup. LIVERPOOL are unbeaten in 19 Champions League fixtures at home so are the tip at 6/5 with bet365.
At first glance Barcelona should be bankers to beat Lyon in France in this evening’s other Champions League fixture. They have won seven of their last 19 away matches in the competition but that record does not justify being odds-on to win tonight. Lyon are the only team to beat PSG in Ligue 1 and they beat Manchester City at the Etihad in the group stages on the Champions League. Barcelona would take a narrow deficit back to the Nou Camp so LYON should be backed at 16/5 with Ladbrokes.
The eight ties in the fifth round of the FA Cup were all won by teams higher in the hierarchy than there opponents. For the first time there were no replays scheduled so matches would be decided by extra time and penalties but all eight produced a definite outcome after 90 minutes. The draw for the quarter-finals has kept alive the prospect of a first all Manchester Cup final but UNITED seem to have their names on the trophy so are the bet at 10/3 with bet365 to win the FA Cup for the 13th time.
The Cheltenham Festival begins three weeks today and with equine flu behind us its all systems go for the jumps meeting that matters most. The racing today is like the chalk of the cheese of Festival action. However, there is a decent handicap hurdle over two miles and half a furlong at Taunton (4.15). On past form SMAOINRAMH ALAINN looks a big price so should be backed at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.