LIVERPOOL v Leeds used to be one of England’s biggest games – but that’s just a distant memory.
Leeds have been out of the top flight too long (12 years) so trips to the likes of Anfield are rare treats.
Garry Monk’s men are on a run of good form and promotion is the No.1 priority so players are likely be rested for the EFL Cup clash at Liverpool tonight.
Monk has used 23 of his squad in this tournament and many will be held back to face Aston Villa on Saturday.
Liverpool fielded a weakened side in the last round against Spurs and will do so again but Jurgen Klopp wants this trophy. A home win pays no bigger than 2-7 at bet365 so consider Liverpool minus at 7-10 at Coral.
Daniel Sturridge is injured so Divock Origi, who has started all three EFL Cup games and netted his first Premier League goal of the season at the weekend, is a likely pick. The Dutchman is 4-1 at Unibet to score first.
The Reds will also be without Philippe Coutinho whose injury is still being assessed and that’s a blow although he’d probably have sat this one out.
Tonight’s other quarter-final between Hull and Newcastle is one where line-ups need to be revealed before having a punt.
Bookies have made Championship leaders Newcastle favourites with William Hill going a best price 13-10 and Rafael Benitez has been putting out about half-strength teams.
Strangely he made six changes for the home defeat against Blackburn and will rotate again.
Hull’s focus is on avoiding the drop but booking a semi-final will lift confidence and if they go strong back the home win at 13-5 with bet365.
Mike Whelan will be without Ryan Mason and Sam Clucas but Andrew Robertson and Adama Diomande could start.
Without seeing line-ups I’m tempted by Hull draw no bet at 83-50 with Marathonbet.
Origi to score first
Hull draw no bet
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