The atmosphere will be electric at Anfield as Liverpool return to the Champions League following a five-year absence and opponents Ludogorets Razgrad could well freeze on such a big night.
Inevitably, Brendan Rodgers’s men are strong favourites at 2/9 via Betfred to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa by collecting maximum points from this one and it’s a measure of the task facing the visitors that they’re rated as 18/1 outsiders by BetVictor.
As if they weren’t up against it enough the Bulgarians will be forced to play third choice goalkeeper Georgi Argilashki on Merseyside due to a combination of suspension and injury and you can bet that the Reds will be trying to target the inexperienced stopper, particularly in the early exchanges.
He might be in for a busy night then and Liverpool looks a safe bet to cruise to victory.
The handicaps also offer some value, Paddy Power posting 7/2 against Rodgers’s men when they start three goals in arrears but the best bet arguably comes in the shape of Steven Gerrard – a 2/1 shot at Betfred to notch at any time.
Liverpool are likely to test the visiting ‘keeper with long shots and Gerrard is never afraid to have a pop, the Reds skipper is also the designated penalty and free-kick taker so he should have plenty of opportunities to strike.
Steven Gerrard to score at any time – 2/1 (Betfred)