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Andy Gray exclusive: Zenit will be too strong for Liverpool in Europa League clash

by Sean Goff | February 14, 2013

Andy Gray blog bylineExpert football pundit and analyst Andy Gray has joined Paddy Power to give his insight on Liverpool’s chance against Zenit St Petersburg  on Thursday evening in the Europa League.

Zenit v Liverpool, Live on ITV 4,
Thursday, 5pm

Liverpool are up against a good side in Russian Premier Division team Zenit and Brendan Rodgers’ needs to put out his best side to keep this tie alive for the second leg. The Reds lost to Anzhi  on their last trip to Moscow but they’re a much more experienced side now and should be going there to get a result they can build on at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge is cup-tied as he was a part of Chelsea’s squad for the Champions League while Daniel Agger is being rested and has been left at home. Other than that Liverpool are expected to play a strong side and did well to top their group to make it to the last 32 of the Europa League.

Liverpool are 11/5 to record their third win out of four on the road in the competition with earlier victories at Young Boys and Udinese in the group stages.  Those games ended 3-5 and 0-1 respectively and a repeat of either of those scorelines against Zenit is 500/1 and 8/1 with Paddy Power.

The Reds will be desperate for an away goal and will have to rely predominantly on 17  Premier League goal-getter Luis Suarez in Sturridge’s absence. The Uruguayan is 5/1 to get the first goal of the game, 8/5 to score at anytime over the 90 minutes or 11/4 to score first for his team with Paddy Power.

I think Zenit will be too strong for the visitors on the night and I fancy the home side to win at 13/10.

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