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Brendan Rodgers' men have been inconsistent in the Premier League this season but Willie Duncan is backing the visitors to enjoy a routine victory over the Stags on Sunday

Liverpool have endured an up-and-down season thus far in the Premier League but Brendan Rodgers’ men will look to put that inconsistency behind them when they travel to Field Mill to take on Conference side Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds were runners-up to Chelsea in last year’s competition and are available at 1/4 (1.25) with William Hill to get this year’s campaign off to a winning start by seeing off the challenge posed by Paul Cox’s side.

The Stags defeated fellow Conference side Lincoln City to set up the clash against the Reds and they can be backed at 11/1 (12.0) with William Hill to cause a massive upset by knocking their Premier League opponents out of the competition.  The same firm go 9/2 (5.50) that the tie ends in stalemate.

Mansfield have scored in each of their last 12 matches in all competitions but, of course, the visit of Liverpool represents a massive step up in class for the Stags and William Hill’s 10/11 (1.91) quote for the Premier League side, who have recently kept clean sheets against Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland; to keep another shut out here represents outstanding value, while the same firm’s 21/20 (2.05) quote for the Reds to win to nil is also worthy of support.

It should be noted, though, that with Liverpool looking ahead to a clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford next weekend, Brendan Rodgers may be tempted to shuffle his pack and, therefore, the Anfield club may be without several first-team regulars for the trip to Field Mill.

With that in mind, this might be a tighter match than appears likely at first glance and, thus, the 7/4 (2.75) quote from William Hill for fewer than three goals to be scored looks to represent decent value.

With some uncertainty over which players will take to the field for Liverpool on Sunday, it is the correct score market which offers greater value and the 13/2 (7.50) quote from William Hill for the Reds to enjoy a 2-0 victory over the Stags is the value selection here.

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Liverpool to win to nil at 21/20 (2.05) with William Hill
Liverpool to win 2-0 at 13/2 (7.50) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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