Eager to quickly bounce back after a disappointing 3-0 reverse in their Premier League opener at West Brom, Liverpool face the small matter of a trip to Edinburgh to face Hearts in a Europa League qualifier. As a Scottish side is pitched against an English one, it’s sure to be a feisty affair and Paddy Power offer 11/5 for a penalty to be awarded at some point.
The gulf in class between the two sides’ respective divisions however, means the Reds are worthy favourites for the win, despite playing the first leg at the Jambos’ Tynecastle ground and Brendan Rodgers’ boys have to be fancied at 8/15 with Blue Square to overcome their hosts.
Hearts have made a solid start to the SPL season, remaining unbeaten after three games but despite Saturday’s loss, Liverpool are far stronger than any opposition John McGlynn’s men have come up against thus far so the hosts will probably struggle to find the net.Skybet make the Reds 11/8 to prevail ‘to nil’ and a 2-0 away triumph is available via Coral at odds of 6/1 while the handicaps could also prove to be pretty lucrative for punters, who can back the visitors at 6/4 (Skybet) starting a goal in arrears.
Newcastle are also in Europa League action and like Liverpool the Magpies can pick up an away victory, this time in Greece where they face Atromitos. Alan Pardew’s charges are unlikely to be at full strength but at 11/8 with BetVictor they’re still decent value to bring a first leg advantage back to St James’ Park. Doubling Newcastle up with the Reds meanwhile, will pay at 5/2 courtesy of the same bookie.
Double on Liverpool and Newcastle – 5/2 (BetVictor)