After his Liverpool side went down 3-1 at Manchester City on Monday Brendan Rodgers reminded journalists that the Reds took no points from assignments at home to Southampton and away to the champions last season whereas this time around they have three from the same games.
Rodgers’s team can also draw plenty of encouragement from their first half performance at the Etihad Stadium and indeed they’ll need to remain positive in light of the fact that they travel to table-topping Tottenham on Sunday.
Bookies are finding it difficult to separate the two teams, BetVictor rating both at 17/10 to come out on top. Subsequently, bet365’s stalemate quote of 5/2 will appeal to many, alongside Paddy Power’s 16/5 about a score draw and a 2-2 scoreline, well backed at 10/1 (betway).
In truth it could go either way and punters feeling like playing a little safer should consider BetVictor’s 7/10 for the scrap to produce three or more goals, although excitement alone will ensure there’s plenty of speculative cash for Reds new boy Mario Balotelli to notch first (5/1, Stan James).
Score draw – 16/5 (Paddy Power)