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Friday's Sport: Anfield return looks tough for Brendan Rodgers

Premier League action on Friday includes Brendan Rodgers heading back to his former stomping ground of Anfield with his Leicester City side, while West Ham will be desperate to overcome Brentford and ease their relegation fears.

There are also four Championship games, the final acts of 2022 in England's second tier, while Real Madrid are in action in La Liga. Premiership Rugby sees Leicester visiting Sale and the World Darts Championship continues at Alexandra Palace.

Reds hoping to trap Foxes

What: Liverpool v Leicester City
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
When: 20:00, Friday 30th December
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
Odds: Liverpool 2/7, Draw 5/1, Leicester City 17/2

The Boxing Day return of Premier League football brought deeply contrasting fortunes for Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp - the man that succeeded him as Liverpool manager.

Rodgers saw his Leicester side capitulate at home to Newcastle United, shipping three goals in the first half, while Klopp's Liverpool picked up three good points on the road at Aston Villa.

Klopp's side are five points off the top four as things stand, although they do have a game in hand on fourth-placed Spurs and they will be hoping to keep the pressure on those above them.

The Anfield side are 8/15 To Finish in Top 4 this season and will be eager to ensure their former boss doesn't put a dent in those aspirations. 

Moyes in need of a lift 

What: West Ham v Brentford
Where: London Stadium, Stratford, East London
When: 19:45, Friday 30th December
Odds: West Ham 1/1, Draw 13/5, Brentford 13/5

After leading West Ham to a seventh-placed finish last season as well as the semi-finals of the Europa League, expectation levels were high for manager David Moyes heading into this season.

It's been a testing time so far, however, with the Hammers suffering ten defeats from their opening 16 matches, ensuring they are embroiled in a relegation fight as things stand. 

Scoring goals has been the major issue for West Ham and they have only scored 13 league goals, leaving them with the fourth-worst attacking record in the division, behind only Wolves (10), Nottingham Forest (11) and Everton (12) have scored less.

They'll want to rebound from the Boxing Day loss at Arsenal and Moyes' team are 1/1 Full Time Result against a Brentford side who won away at Manchester City in their previous road trip. 

Title contenders meet in Manchester

What: Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers
Where: AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester
When: 19:45, Friday 30th December 2022
How to watch: BT Sport 1
Odds: Sale Sharks 1/2, Leicester 17/10

All eyes will be on the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday evening as two of this season's title contenders in Sale Sharks and Leicester Tigers go head to head.

Leicester have begun a new era following the loss of head coach Steve Borthwick to the England job and ran out 28-13 winners in their last outing against Gloucester.

Sale will be determined to get back to winning ways after suffering just their third defeat of the Premiership season with a shock loss at Newcastle Falcons last time out.

Race for the quarters underway at Ally Pally

What: Michael Smith v Joe Cullen
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: 14.45, Friday 30th December
How to watch: Sky Sports
Odds: Michael Smith 8/15, Joe Cullen 6/4

A magical night of darts at Ally Pally on Wednesday saw Michael Smith surviving a major scare when he came from 1-3 behind to overcome Martin Schindler. 

Bully Boy looked to be heading for the exit door, but he summoned the strength to recover and his reward is a dust down with in-form Joe Cullen for a spot in the quarter-finals. 

Can last year's beaten finalist be spurred on after that close call? 

Tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen also had to be close to his best in overcoming Mensur Suljovic in midweek in a cracker and he faces compatriot Dirk van Duijvenbode in their last-16 battle at 20.15. 

Van Duijvenbode beat Ross Smith in a tie-breaker leg on Thursday to set up a crack at MVG and he is 3/1 to eliminate his fellow Dutchman.

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