Liverpool’s opening day 1-1 draw with Sunderland suggested that the Reds might take a little while to find top gear due to the influx of new players that had arrived at Anfield over the summer, although a 2-0 win at the Emirates last weekend has filled supporters with confidence that their team can challenge for the Premier League title.
As you might expect, Kenny Dalglish’s side are hot favourites to win Saturday’s game at Bolton, with Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offering 4/9 that Liverpool claim a victory which will mean a satisfactory seven points ahead of the international break.
The manager surprised many people by selecting a strong team to face Exeter on Wednesday and that included Luis Suarez who has scored in every match played since the season started. The Uruguayan can be backed at 7/2 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to score the first goal of this match and evens (Boylesports) to find the net at any time.
Andy Carroll was on the bench for the midweek Carling Cup match, although the striker was on within twenty minutes and opened his account in the second half, with the former Newcastle striker 9/2 to get his team off the mark against a Wanderers team that ran riot in their first away match of the season.
Bolton’s 4-0 win at QPR made a mockery of those that thought Owen Coyle’s team would struggle for goals this term and they put up a good fight against Manchester City last Sunday before eventually losing 3-2. Stan James offer 7/1 that the visitors come away from Anfield with three points, while the draw can be backed at 7/2.
Wanderers are likely to defend in numbers in an attempt to stifle their opponents and a 1-0 win in favour of Liverpool is preferable to a fancy scoreline which might be beyond the home side.