23rd February 2011, 5:02pm
Liverpool vs Sparta Prague betting: Comfortable win expected for the Reds
It was job done as far as getting a result in the Czech Republic was concerned for Liverpool when they travelled to Sparta Prague for their Europa League last 32 first leg and with the tie standing at 0-0 the Reds will expect to get the job done in front of their own fans at Anfield. It was very much a young Liverpool squad which flew out for the first leg but Kenny Dalglish was understandably delighted with their result in what was a poor game of football.
Steven Gerrard has been named in the Liverpool squad for the second leg on Thursday night but the Reds skipper is not expected to be risked and may well make his return at West Ham at the weekend. Daniel Agger and Jay Spearing are back in contention as are Martin Skrtel and Martin Kelly who were both left out in Prague. Last week’s match was Sparta’s first for three months and it showed and while they are expected to be better here I don’t see them being good enough.
Kenny Dalglish is leading Liverpool in his first European tie at Anfield and I’m sure it’s an occasion he will enforce on his players. Sparta were so poor in the first leg that I really don’t see what they can offer in order to win this tie. I think Liverpool will control the game in the middle of the park and even though Luis Suarez is ineligible and Andy Carroll still not fit, with the likes of Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog not to mention Raul Meireles springing from midfield I think Liverpool should make this a pretty easy night for both themselves and their fans. Should Liverpool score early they could run riot but however many they win by I think it will be by more than one goal.
Back Liverpool (-1) to beat Sparta Prague for a 4/10 stake at 2.20 with Bet365