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Champions League Betting: Red Star Belgrade stun Liverpool and defy 80/1 odds

11:00 GMT 07/11/2018
Milan Pavkov Red Star 2018-19
The Serbian side shocked Jurgen Klopp's men and now the Anfield outfit face an uphill battle to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament

Liverpool collapsed to one of the the biggest upset of this season's Champions League campaign so far on Tuesday night as a 2-0 loss at Red Star Belgrade left Group C in the balance.

A brace from Milan Pavkov gave the Serbian side their first victory in the tournament proper since March 1992 and defied bet365’s 14/1 (15.0) closing odds of a Red Star win in the process.

Despite being the home team, Red Star were as long as 17/1 (18.0) on Monday morning before shortening to 16/1 (17.0) half an hour before kick-off and then 14/1 (15.0) just minutes before.

bet365 also offered a massive 80/1 (81.0) on Red Star to win 2-0, with even a small stake proving to be a big winner for brave bettors, whilst taking the hosts to be leading at both half-time and full-time paid out at 20/1 (21.0).

Even in the Draw No Bet market, which sees punters have their stake returned if the match ends all square, Red Star were 12/1 (13.0) at kick-off and 7/2 (4.50) in the 1X Double Chance.

Despite the result, Liverpool are still in a reasonable position to qualify from Group C and are 1/2 (1.50) to make it into the knockout stages whilst both Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain are 4/9 (1.44).

The Reds can be backed at 2/1 (3.0) with bet365 to win the group but will almost certainly need to beat PSG in France next week – which they are currently 13/5 (3.60) to do – to stand any chance of achieving that.

After such a disjointed performance, after which Jurgen Klopp told reporters that the team “lost their mojo,” the 13/8 (2.63) on Liverpool not to qualify from Group C may also prove to be a popular bet.

The 12/1 (13.0) price, lengthened from 9/1 (10.0), on Klopp’s men to win the tournament is unlikely to see much love as Liverpool, much like the famous victory over Olympiakos in the 2004/05 season, may require victory by two clear goals on the final matchday.