It certainly won't be easy, it may not be pretty, however Liverpool are struggling on all fronts this season and may be there for the taking in the third round of the FA Cup.
AFC Wimbledon may be sitting mid-table in League Two, however they be confident of causing an upset in this match, their Premier League opponents not enjoying their own season one bit.
Indeed, the home side’s claim to fame came when they clashed with the Reds in the 1988 FA Cup final, however much has changed in the intervening years with Wimbledon changing names and needing numerous promotions to regain their league status.
The Dons were underdogs on that occasion and ultimately triumphed 1-0, however they will be huge underdogs this time around and will need to be at their very best should they wish to proceed in the competition. Neal Ardley’s men will certainly be up against a massive task, however at a huge price of 12/1 with Boylesports, we’ll be backing them to dump the Reds out of the competition.
The FA Cup third round has been relatively short of upsets thus far, the exception being QPR’s home defeat at the hands of League One outfit Sheffield United. A win for the Dons would be an even bigger shock, however Liverpool threw away a two goal lead against Premier League strugglers Leicester City last week and they are in disarray coming into this clash.
Brendan Rodgers will be expected to rest several key first-team players for this match, however the Reds will still pose a huge challenge. Nevertheless, the Dons will be in high spirits following victories over Portsmouth and Exeter over the festive period.
Liverpool will surely get themselves onto the scoresheet, however they have been extremely suspect at the back and this could be enough to let Wimbledon sneak a winner. Indeed, the hosts have been in good form in their League Two campaign, beating some of the promotion contenders such as Luton, Southend and Burton Albion as well as Portsmouth and Bury.
We don’t expect a pretty match by any means this evening but neither do we expect a Liverpool walkover. We might be out on a limb with this one, however we’ll be putting our money where our mouths are and backing the Dons to win with both teams scoring.
Our betting tips
Wimbledon to win with both teams scoring – BetVictor 22/1
All odds were correct at time of posting.