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Southampton v Liverpool Betting Special: Sturridge set to haunt Saints

08:23 GMT 11/01/2017
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Our tipster looks at who might find the net in this semi-final tie and he is backing the Reds striker to make his mark for Jurgen Klopp's men

Southampton host Liverpool in Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final showdown at St Mary's Stadium and, with a place at Wembley just 180 minutes away, there is plenty of potential for goals galore when these two teams lock horns.

The Reds smashed six past the Saints when these teams met in this competition last season, with Divock Origi hitting a hat-trick for the Merseysiders and the Belgian international may well be asked the lead the line again for Jurgen Klopp's men in this match.

The 21-year-old grabbed the opening goal of the game for the Reds in November's quarter-final win against Leeds United at Anfield and Paddy Power offer 6/1 (7.0) that Origi again breaks the deadlock for his side here, while the same firm offer 15/8 (2.88) that the striker scores at any time.

Another man who will have fond memories of last season's League Cup clash between these teams is Daniel Sturridge. The England star was restored to Liverpool's starting line-up after a spell on the sidelines through injury for the trip to St Mary's in this competition and repaid his manager's faith with a superb double before the break.

The former Chelsea star has been something of a bit-part player for the Reds so far this season but he may well be given an opportunity to shine against the Saints. The 27-year-old is chalked up as the 9/2 (5.50) favourite to make the most of his chance by grabbing the opening goal, while there is a generous 13/10 (2.30) that Sturridge strikes at any time.

Adam Lallana is in a rich vein of form at present, having scored six goals in his last eight starts for club and country, and the 28-year-old midfielder is good value at 10/1 (11.0) to net the opener, while a great-value 7/2 (4.50) quote for Lallana to score against his former club is available.

Ben Woodburn, who made history by becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool's history in the previous round of this competition is chalked up at 4/1 (5.0) to further enhance his burgeoning reputation with a goal in this game.

Saints will again be without top scorer Charlie Austin and, in his absence, Jay Rodriguez could well spearhead to home side's forward line; the 27-year-old is a 13/2 (7.50) chance with Paddy Power to score first, while the same firm also offer 13/2 (7.50) that Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long scores the opening goal of the game.

Dusan Tadic marked his 100th appearance for Southampton in the FA Cup against Norwich City on Saturday and the Serbian playmaker is available at a tempting 15/2 (8.50) to score first, with 12/1 (13.0) that Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis breaks the deadlock.

A starting role for Sturridge, though, could spell danger for Saints and it is, therefore, the 13/10 (2.30) quote on offer from Paddy Power for the England striker to score at any time that represents best value for punters.

Sturridge to score at any time at 13/10 (2.30) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power