Betting round-up: Reds to channel emotion

Liverpool are favourite to cap a dramatic week with a win at Sunderland, while there will be plenty of interest in Chelsea's visit to Queens Park Rangers Indonesia   By PAUL GOUGH

An emotional week for Liverpool is being tipped to end on a high, with the Reds warm favourites to finally record their first league win under new manager Brendan Rodgers when they travel to Sunderland in the English Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool have dominated the news in Britain in the lead-up to this weekend's matches following the formal apology from British Prime Minister David Cameron to the families of the 96 Reds  fans that died at Hillsborough during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

It followed the release of a new report which revealed a police cover-up to blame drunken, ticketless Liverpool fans for the disaster - in which the fans were crushed to death - instead of police operational failures, bringing to an end 23 years of campaigning by Liverpool and the families of those that died for the truth behind the disaster to be made known.

And while it is always difficult to predict what affect such off-field events will have on current day players, the bookies clearly expect Liverpool to come out fired up.

Despite sitting in 18th place and in the relegation zone with just one draw from three matches so far in the 2012-13 season, Liverpool are the $2.20 favourites at Luxbet to win away at 13th-placed Sunderland, who have drawn their only two matches so far.

The Black Cats are $3.20 while the draw is at $3.25.

Liverpool to win away v Sunderland at $2.20 at Luxbet
Swansea City to win away v Aston Villa at $3.10 at Luxbet

Meanwhile, Chelsea are warm favourites at $1.80 at Luxbetto continue their perfect start to the new season when they meet west London rivals Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Not even fitness doubts over experienced defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole have punters concerned, with QPR at $4.30 and the draw at $3.45.

If Terry plays it will be the first time he has come face-to-face publicly with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand since being cleared in court of racially abusing the Rangers defender, in a case in which Cole's evidence proved vital in Terry being acquitted - thus ensuring a potentially explosive match.

And while QPR lost 5-0 to Swansea in their only other home game so far this season, they did famously upset Chelsea 1-0 in the league at Loftus Road last season.

Elsewhere, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal are all odds-on to defeat Stoke, Wigan and Southampton respectively, with City at $1.71 at Luxbet facing the trickiest task given they are away from home.

But for those looking for value, the matches to look out for are Fulham at home to West Brom and Villa at home to Swansea.

While the two home sides are both favourites at Luxbet, West Brom and Swansea have been the early season surprise packets and sit in second and third place - both just two points behind leaders Chelsea.

And against modest opposition, the pair are great value to win away from home, with Swansea at $3.10 at Luxbet to beat Villa while West Brom are fantastic value at $3.75 to win at Fulham.

*Note prices subject to change


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