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Liverpool’s Road To Wembley Starts Here
By This Is Anfield on January 6, 2012
The Reds have won all three previous meetings between the two sides in this competition, and although they have been eliminated at this stage in each of the last two seasons it’s 88 years since they went three consecutive seasons without making it past the third round.
Many will point out that their home form this season ahs not been good, and some will be tempted to back Oldham to provide a shock at whopping odds of 17.
But in reality there s a huge gulf between the two sides.
The visitors are currently contesting their 15th consecutive season in the third division and sit 52 places below Liverpool in the Football League.
Their gaffer Paul Dickov has stressed that his side are not intimidated by the tie and has pledged to attack from the off, and that could ultimately play into Liverpool’s hands as they have players capable of carving open their defence.
Dalglish is likely to rotate his squad tonight, which could mean recalls for defenders Jamie Carragher and Sebastian Coates who have not started since the Carling Cup win at Chelsea in late November.
Striker Luis Suarez serves the second game of an eight-match ban, and that is likely to mean a return for Craig Bellamy, while Steven Gerrard could be in contention for a starting-XI place for the first time since the end of October having made three substitute appearances following his comeback from an ankle infection.
In reality though, whatever side King Kenny puts out should be able to take care of Oldham with the minimum of fuss.
I like the look of Bellamy to score first and set them on the way to victory at the 4.75 on offer with bet365.
He is the type of player who thrives on this stage, and his terrier like attitude is likely to cause the Oldham backline all sorts of problems.
Liverpool to win 3-0 is my idea of the outcome, and that scoreline can be backed at a standout 7.5 with Boylesports.
You can also get 1.83 with Paddy Power about them winning to nil, and that looks a huge price given their cramped odds in the outright market.