Despite a battling performance, albeit in defeat, against Manchester United, Liverpool’s odds have drifted to evens with Stan James ahead of the trip to Blackpool, Kenny Dalglish’s first league match in charge of the Reds.
The hosts have lost three matches in a row, including Saturday’s FA Cup reverse at Southampton and that run strips some of the appeal from chunky 3/1 marked against a home win. Nevertheless, Liverpool, with seven defeats in ten away matches to their name, hardly convince especially in light of Steven Gerrard’s suspension and the value is subsequently to be found away from the match betting.
Firstly, it looks like a game in which both teams will find the net, an outcome 888Sport rate at 4/6, Blackpool having scored in every home match while also failing to keep any clean sheets across those seven fixtures at Bloomfield Road.
For the same reason, bet365’s 3/4 posted against a match total of more than 2.5 goals looks a banker but perhaps the best bet is Totesport’s even money for the game’s opener to arrive before the 26th minute, a flutter that would have been profitable in five of those seven games on the Seasiders’ own patch.
First goal in Blackpool v Liverpool to be scored by 26th minute – evens (Totesport)