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Liverpool host Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of this quarter final tie, and it looks set up to be one of those special Anfield nights. Liverpool sat deep in the first leg and were content to play on the counter attack, and they took the lead a little before half time when Divock Origi repaid Jurgen Klopp's faith in starting him in front of Daniel Sturridge by scoring a nice goal. Right on half time he had a great chance to make it 2-0, but the Dortmund keeper made a fine save which kept them in the game.

Dortmund scored early in the second half to leave the tie delicately poised, and it is tough to pick a winner. Dortmund are favourites with the bookies which is fair given the season they are having and the attacking options they have. However, Liverpool exposed an apparent defensive weakness in the first leg and with the Anfield crowd roaring them on, I think they have enough to progress assuming they are able to take their chances when they come along.

They may well be bolstered with the return of Sturridge and Firmino for the second leg and it is Firmino who could make the difference. He has been one of the stand out players for Liverpool this season and is getting better as the season progresses. I expect Liverpool to come out of the blocks quickly in search of the early goal and at 15/2, I like the chances of Firmino first goal scorer.

Dortmund have to score to have any chance of progressing and have been full of goals this season. In the last few months Liverpool have also been scoring goals for fun and therefore both teams to score looks a certainty. This selection is a very short price so I am going to combine this with a Liverpool win where we can obtain odds of 43/10.

 

16:30 Newmarket

John Gosden has started the season off in fine style and had three winners here yesterday, with Frankie Dettori on board them all. He runs Foundation in this today and it is hard to see him having much trouble seeing.off this field.

He lost his unbeaten record at Doncaster in the Racing Post Trophy in October last year where he was badly hampered when looking the likely winner two furlongs out. When the space gaps finally arrived he picked up nicely but was already beaten and therefore was not overly exerted and finished four lenghts behind the winner Marcel. As long as something similar doesn't happen today I think he will run out an easy winner and although not a great price, I am happy that there is still value in it.

 

Today's Selections

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - Firmino FGS - 1 point @ 15/2 (888Sport)

Liverpool win & BTTS - 1 point @ 43/10 (888Sport)

Newmarket 16:30 - Foundation - 3 points @ 8/11 (William Hill)

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