Liverpool vs Blackpool – Hodgson desperate for win
Liverpool are currently in the midst of their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign and although they would expect to beat Blackpool, history does not imply it will be that straightforward.
Roy Hodgson has struggled to find the winning formula in his first Premier League season as Liverpool boss and has only managed to secure six points from as many games.
This not only represents their lowest points total after six games of a Premier League season, but also their poorest opening to a top-flight campaign since 1953.
Liverpool are 3/10 to beat Blackpool in the Premier League betting odds and one of their chief problems is that they have been slow out of the blocks with only one goal so far in the first half of a game.
Meanwhile, Blackpool have already taken six points on their travels, which has only been equalled by current league leaders Chelsea.
They are 10/1 to win at Anfield and have only lost one of their last six matches at the ground against Liverpool.
Liverpool may not have faced Blackpool since 1971, but historically games between the pair have tended to be fairly high scoring.
There is no reason to suggest that this season will be any different, particularly as the visitors are unlikely to arrive at Anfield with a defensive mentality.
Hodgson may also decide to open up a little and play in a more attacking style, with the last eight meetings between the pair bringing 30 goals.
Liverpool to win 3-1 could represent good value at 10/1, while a 4-2 home win is not beyond the realms of possibility and may represent a big payday at 66/1.
Steven Gerrard is set to return for Liverpool after being rested for their Europa League draw in Holland against FC Utrecht. See the full Liverpool vs Blackpool match betting odds market.