Wednesday Football Tips: Stick with Salah's trusty left boot

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah can get two shots on target against Real Madrid

Paul Higham is banking on Mohamed Salah's famous left foot for profit from Wednesday's best bet from Liverpool v Real Madrid...

"Salah has hit just 13 shots with his standing foot, his right foot, all season, and just two in the Champions League. He makes every effort to get the ball onto that left foot, and given the overwhelming stats, backing him to have two shots on target with his left foot seems a no-brainer."

Back Mo Salah to have two shots on target with his left foot in Liverpool v Real Madrid @ 2.3811/8

Liverpool v Real Madrid
Wednesday 14 April 14 20:00 Kick-off
BT Sport

If there was to be 50,000 Liverpool fans packing out Anfield on Wednesday you'd almost make them favourites to overturn a 3-1 deficit to Real Madrid - after all they dumped Barcelona out when trailing 3-0 a couple of seasons ago.

However, this is not the same Liverpool side - quite literally given the players they have out missing - and this is not the same Anfield as the silence will be deafening as the Reds try to salvage their Champions League hopes.

Jurgen Klopp's side should still give it a good go, and they've at least managed to break their incredible losing run at Anfield at the weekend, but Real Madrid are strong 1.21/5 favourites to qualify and arrive here after not only beating Liverpool last week but also arch rivals Barcelona at the weekend.

That El Clasico contest may have sapped the legs somewhat, but Zinedine Zidane's side are a canny outfit and he doesn't get the praise he deserves for his tactics and pragmatism.

They'll be happy to defend and look for more of those balls over the top, but sitting back could, and should, lead to some decent Liverpool pressure and there's only one man you need to have on side in that case - Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian King is arguably still underrated in some circles, as he's banged in 28 goals in what is Liverpool's worst season for some time.

He's also the man for the big occasion, and this is their biggest of the season yet, so he should be raining shots in on goal.

Salah's had 53 shots on target in 39 appearances this season averaging out at one every hour - he's also not scared of having multiple in one game, hitting two-plus in 15 games this campaign.

He's 1.674/6 to have two shots on target, but if we look deeper we can squeeze out a bit more value, by backing that trusty wand of a left peg of his.

Salah has hit just 13 shots with his standing foot, his right foot, all season, and just two in the Champions League.

He makes every effort to get the ball onto that left foot, and given the overwhelming stats, backing him to have two shots on target with his left foot seems a no-brainer.

It also boosts our odds to 2.3811/8 so is well worth taking.

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Returned: 27.22pts
P/L: -2.78pts

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