THERE will be tears and cheers at Anfield today as Steven Gerrard runs out at Anfield for the final time.
After 645 games and 184 goals the legendary skipper says farewell to fans before signing for LA Galaxy.
Emotions will run high and the script is written for the one-club man to score against Crystal Palace. Gerrard has been warming up nicely for the occasion with strikes in his last two games against QPR and Chelsea.
He is a biggest 7-1 at Ladbrokes to score in the teatime live TV game and it’s the punt all armchair fans will be on.
To net he is 21-10 at Paddy Power and of the Reds awarded a penalty … well he already takes them even though he missed on against QPR.
Gerrard is 11-2 with bet365 to score from the spot and and 16-1 to net directly from a free-kick – and what a going away present that would be.
If he scores will he take his top off – sure he will – and maybe even throw it the crowd. That’s an instant booking and a yellow card pays 4-1 at bet365 while he is 50-1 for an unlikely red which would be his second of the season.
As for the itself Liverpool are a short-priced 1-2 at Stan James and I can’t be having that with their Champions League hopes now dead.
Palace are the Premier League’s fourth highest scorers on the road so look at both teams to hit the target at 10-11 with Ladbrokes and William Hill.
For excitement in the top flight you have to look at the wrong end of the table. QPR and Burnley are relegated but who will join them?
I thought it would be Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland but they notched a surprise win at Everton last week and could pick up a point at home to Leicester today – that would suit both sides.
Hull sit third bottom, two behind Newcastle and Sunderland, and must win at Spurs to keep their hopes of staying up possible.
Normally you’d give them no hope but Spurs are on a horror run so you can’t write off Hull at 15-4 with McBookie. Also – do Spurs really want to qualify for the Europa League?
Newcastle ended their own rotten run with a much-needed point at West Brom. The display wasn’t great though and even though Rangers have gone I don’t expect them to lose if they can keep their heads up – that pays 8-13 at bet365.
With so little to play for in the EPL the focus early on will be on Norwich and Ipswich who meet in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg.
Norwich boss Alex Neil was happy enough to draw 1-1 at Portman Road and his men, having beaten their local rivals twice in the league, should complete the job.
You can have Norwich at 4-5 with BetVictor and others and as it’s likely to be fiery consider a red card to be shown at 12-5 with 888sport.
Norwich v Ipswich red card (12.30pm)
Gerrard to score (5.30pm)
(21-10, Paddy Power)
Hull draw no bet (3pm)