The third round of the FA Cup will begin this Friday, January 8th when Exeter City host Liverpool at St. James Park at 20:55.
This will be the second meeting between these teams in this tournament, and the first one was in 1950 when the Reds got the victory at Anfield by 3-1. The team led by German manager Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten in five meetings against the Grecians in all competitions.
The last time they played was five years ago in the Carling Cup, and Liverpool won at St. James Park by 3-1 with goals from Luis Suarez, Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll. In their other game as visitor versus Exeter, the Premier League side got the victory by 6-0 in 1982.
This will be the fourth straight game on the road for the Reds, who lost last weekend in the league by 2-0 versus West Ham. They are located in the eighth place in the standings with 30 points, and they have won four of their 11 games played away from home, scoring 11 goals and allowing 13.
Liverpool have won this tournament seven times in their history, but the last time was 10 years ago when they defeated West Ham in penalties after they drew 3-3 in regulation time. Since then, their best performance was in 2012 when they reached the final but lost to Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
In the FA Cup Picks Exeter v Liverpool, the Reds are heavily favored to win this game on the road. They are listed with 1.33 Odds, while the Grecians are with 10.5, and the draw is with 6.0.
Exeter have had a good performance in this tournament as they defeated Didcot Town in the first round by 3-0 on the road and Port Vale by 2-0 at home during the second round. However, they come to this match with a streak of four consecutive defeats in League Two, the last two at home.
Paul Tisdale’s team is in the 16th spot in the table with 30 points, and they have won only four of their 13 games played in their pitch, scoring 19 goals and accepting 18.
The Reds are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.69 Odds to win this game by two or more goals and with 3.13 to do it by three or more. Exeter are rated at 13.0 to advance to the next round by the minimum difference, and the score draw is with 7.5.
English striker Daniel Sturridge is the favorite to open the scoreboard in this game and is listed with 4.35 Odds. He is followed by Belgian Christian Benteke with 4.5 and Divock Origi with 5.05.
Liverpool have scored only 22 goals in their first 20 games of this season in the English top flight, their worst performance in their history. However, they will be able to win this game by two or more goals on the road and advance to the next round of the Cup.