Liverpool vs Plymouth Argyle predictions and betting tips for their FA Cup tie on Sunday 8th January at 1:30pm where we could see the upset of the round – unlikely though!
Liverpool’s title hopes took a huge blow as they were held to a 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Monday, so The Reds may have to rely on the FA Cup if they want to pick up any silverware this campaign. Jurgen Klopp’s side missed out on silverware twice last season and on Sunday they host Plymouth Argyle, who will be certainly hoping they can pull off an upset against The Merseysiders.
Plymouth sit 2nd in League 2 and will be hoping to secure promotion, however they have suffered back-to-back defeats in the play-offs, but a win on Sunday will certainly be one of the most famous in The Pilgrims’ history.
The home side are obvious favourites for this clash and they have not lost a fixture against a team from the fourth tier in their history. The Reds have progressed into the third round of the FA Cup in each of their last five seasons, last failing to do so against Manchester United in 2011. There is no doubt that Plymouth will certainly be up against it on Sunday, and in their last cup outing in the EFL Cup they were defeated 2-0 away at Reading, while Liverpool beat Leeds 2-0 and are into the Semi-final. As mentioned, Klopp is expected to make changes for this tie and it is a chance for the players to impress the German as they have their EFL Cup just three days after. Liverpool have managed to net 48 goals in the Premier League this season, along with the four goals they have netted in the earlier EFL cup ties, giving them an average of over 2 goals a game this campaign. Unfortunately for Plymouth, I can’t see their free-scoring form ending on Sunday, therefore my first Liverpool vs Plymouth betting tip for this fixture is Liverpool -2 which is valued at 13/10 with Stan James.
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The Pilgrims have been eliminated from the cup in the last 11 outings when they have faced top flight opposition, last progressing when they beat West Brom over 30 years ago in the fifth round. I expect Liverpool to keep a clean sheet on Sunday, despite the fact they have conceded nine goals in their last seven matches. Plymouth suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Barnet in their most recent fixture, but Sunday will be a chance for them to play without any expectation for them to win the match. Liverpool have only lost twice in 24 matches, and Klopp will want to keep that momentum up and progress into the next round of the cup to keep The Reds in with a chance of lifting a trophy come the end of the season. My second Liverpool vs Plymouth prediction is going to be for Liverpool to win to nil, the best odds are 20/23 with Bet Victor.
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Graham Carey is Argyle’s top scorer this season with nine, but it would be a huge ask for him to add to that tally on Sunday. Daniel Sturridge limped off against Sunderland and is a huge doubt for Sunday, therefore I expect Divock Origi to start for Liverpool. The Belgian has scored five goals in nine for Liverpool, and the last time he featured in the cup he netted first. If he starts, I think he will be first on the scoresheet, meaning my final Liverpool vs Plymouth FA Cup betting tip for Sunday is Origi to score first which is 4/1 with Paddy Power.
Liverpool will be without captain Jordan Henderson as he still recovers from a heel injury picked up in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City on New Year’s Day. Daniel Sturridge is also a major doubt after limping off in the draw against Sunderland on Monday, but James Milner is expected to recover from his calf strain that led to him being substituted at half-time. Philippe Coutinho will miss out, but the Brazilian is edging closer to a return. Meanwhile for Argyle, fullback Ben Purrington will be fit to face The Reds after his manager confirmed his half time substitution against Barnet was not due to injury. New signing Jakub Sokolik will have to wait for his debut as he is cup-tied having already played for Southend in this season’s competition.
These sides have not met for over 50 years. The last time these sides met was in Division Two in 1962. Liverpool secured a 3-2 victory away at Plymouth. Liverpool and Plymouth have never been drawn against each other in the cup.
Liverpool are huge favourites for the clash this weekend and are valued at around 1/7. Both the draw and a Plymouth Argyle win are much bigger odds, with the draw being valued at over 7/1 with MarathonBet, while a Plymouth win is best priced at 21/1 with BetVictor. With Liverpool’s extremely low price it may not be worth a bet and the last time The Reds featured in the cup was against Leeds in November when they won 2-0. They are valued at 6/1 to repeat that scoreline on Sunday.
(Goal Handicap) Liverpool -2 – 13/10 with Stan James: £20 free bet.
Liverpool to win to nil – 20/23 with Bet Victor: £60 free bet.
Divock Origi to score first – 4/1 with Paddy Power: £30 free bet.
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