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Bet of the Day: Hoffenheim to make Liverpool sweat for group stage spot

| 23.08.2017

Reds aiming to finish the job

It’s the final batch of Champions League play-off second legs tonight, and that includes Liverpool’s tie with Hoffenheim.

The Reds won the first-leg in Germany 2-1, putting them in good stead for this return clash at Anfield.

But the objective for Jurgen Klopp’s Bundesliga opponents is simple – they must score at least twice on Merseyside, or they’re out.

And that’s a concern for Liverpool’s questionable defence.

So with that in mind, Coral’s Bet of the Day is Liverpool v Hoffenheim Both Teams to Score at 8/15.

That punt looks even better considering the fact that Hoffenheim have seen both sides net in nine of their last 10 away games.

Mighty Mane

But while that means they’ll likely score, it means they’ll likely concede too, and that’s where Sadio Mane comes in.

The Senegalese striker is doing his best to make Liverpool fans forget all about Philippe Coutinho, with crucial goals in both of the Reds’ league games this term.

Klopp must play a full-strength team to ensure progression, and Mane appeals at 13/10 to net anytime with Coral.

First-half drama

Taking into account all of the above, this is set up to be an open game right from the off.

Hoffenheim will be out to put Liverpool under pressure early, and get one of the two goals they require.

But that could leave them exposed defensively, which is why both teams to score in the first half is worth a look at 11/4, as is a first-half score of 1-1 at 6/1.

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Richard Marsh