Liverpool vs Exeter City
|Date & Time||Friday January 8, 2016, 2:55 PM (EST)|
The Line: Exeter 13/2 Draw 7/2 Liverpool 2/5
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The FA Cup returns to the mainstream on Friday night as League Two's Exeter City host Premiership Giants Liverpool at St James Park in Devon. Exeter come into this game off the back of four straight defeats though, not the type of form you want as a team meeting Liverpool who play four divisions above Exeter. Exeter have some experienced players in their ranks with former Birmingham and Republic of Ireland Striker Clinton Morrison sure to be a key figure for the The Grecians in terms of experience although he is more likely to be an impact sub at this stage in his career. Exeter will look to Tom Nichols current top scorer with eight goals and current Jamaican International Joel Grant to lead the way against Liverpool in what will be the biggest game of either's career to date.
Liverpool come into this game off a good win over Stoke in the League Cup semi final first leg. Jurgen Klopp's side have been terribly unpredictable of late and really we never know what team is going to show up on the day. Liverpool were terrific against Stoke in the first half with Firminho, Couthino and Ibe all contributing to an impressive start and a deserved lead at the break. The reds have a long and storied history with the FA Cup and this is a competition that Klopp and the team will want to do well in. I think this game represents a massive banana skin though with Exeter's ground sure to be packed to the rafters.
This is an interesting tie, the FA Cup always produces some magic and I think that given that Exeter are at home here gives them a fighting chance to cause a massive upset. Liverpool have also struggled to score goals over the past couple of weeks and with them being so unpredictable I think backing the underdogs to take something from this game is the smart play. Taking the draw here and looking forward to watching a real cup tie on Friday night.