With none of the other top four hopefuls in Premier League action due to the FA Cup, Liverpool will be hoping to take the initiative in the race for Champions League qualification when Burnley visit Anfield on Sunday.
Currently two points clear of Arsenal in fourth place, Jurgen Klopp’s men are priced at 1/5 (1.20) with bet365 to increase that cushion and move to within a point of Manchester City by coming out on top.
However, the Clarets ran out 2-0 winners when the sides met in August’s reverse fixture, and are available at 12/1 (13.00) to complete an unlikely double with a shock victory here.
Just one of the hosts’ last nine matches has resulted in a draw, but there are odds of 11/2 (6.50) on offer on them being held to a stalemate in this one.
Sean Dyche’s men achieved that victory at Turf Moor last summer despite having just two shots on target and less than 20 per cent possession, with a committed rearguard action and error-prone performance from the opposition defence combining to secure three points.
Although such resilience has been a feature of their home games, the newly-promoted side have so far failed to reproduce that on the road – conceding 28 goals and keeping just one clean sheet in 13 away matches.
While they are therefore unlikely to succeed in keeping the free-scoring home side at bay on Merseyside, the guests may well benefit from more generous defending from a team that has conceded in seven of their last eight fixtures.
Having found the net in each of their last 11 league games, odds of 11/10 (2.10) seem very generous on Burnley joining Liverpool on the scoresheet in their seventh consecutive away match that produces goals at both ends.