Suarez 21/4 To Hit First At Anfield
May 7, 2019
Former Liverpool man Luis Suarez is 21/4 with 888Sport to score first tonight when Barcelona face Liverpool in the Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield.
The Catalan giants hold a 3-0 aggregate lead from the Lionel Messi-inspired first leg which saw the Barca number 10 hit a second-half double, which included a magical free kick from around 25 yards out.
It was the former Liverpool man that struck first though, when he snuck behind Joel Matip to flick goalwards after just 25 minutes. The ex-Red didn’t hold back with his celebrations in front of the Nou Camp either, but has promised to keep his cool if he finds the back of the net at Anfield.
Suarez scored over 60 goals during his three years on Merseyside, but arrives back in the North West with 25 in the bag already this season for Barca. He’s also scored twice in his last three matches and has four in his last eight for the recently crowned La Liga champions.
The Uruguay international is also 17/2 with 888Sport to score the first in a Barcelona win, while superstar Lionel Messi is 13/2 with the same firm to score last and send the Catalans to the Champions League final with victory on Merseyside.
Of course, Luis Suarez isn’t the only former Liverpool hero to be returning to Anfield tonight. Philippe Coutinho was close to being worshipped during his time in the North West, and played a crucial part in the Premier League trophy almost docking in Liverpool.
He’ll be sure to get a good ovation from the Kop tonight, although they’ll be hoping he can pause his good goalscoring record in the Champions League of late, which has seen him net twice in his last four appearances in Europe’s top competition.
His last came against Liverpool’s arch-rivals Manchester United in the quarter-finals, which means Coutinho is 7/2 with Ladbrokes to follow suit this evening by scoring at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have a look of a depleted squad too, and face the difficult task of overturning a three-goal deficit without the services of Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Virgil Van Dijk also a doubt after missing training this week.
Stranger things have happened on European nights at Anfield, so for the dreamers amongst you, Unibet go 13/1 for Liverpool to qualify for the final, with Betfred offering Liverpool to win 4-0 at 50/1 and a 5-1 win for the Reds at a huge 100/1.
As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.