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Reading can get something against overrated Liverpool

| 20.10.2012

Liverpool are arguably the most overrated team from a betting perspective in the Premier League and 2/1 may prove a fair price that Reading leave Anfield with either a win or a draw.

Looking at Liverpool’s home results in the last two seasons, Wolves and Blackpool both left with maximum points in the 2010/11 campaign, while newly-promoted Norwich and Swansea both avoided defeat last season.

In fact, Liverpool managed just six home wins all last season.

Therefore, 1/3 seems on the short side that they beat Reading, even if there seems a substantial gulf in quality between the two starting line-ups.

One of Liverpool’s problems has been finding an alternate source of goals to Luis Suarez and with the Uruguayan completing a fair amount of travelling in the last week as his nation lost 3-0 to Argentina, he may not be at his best for this one.

Punters fancying making an even bolder call may prefer the 7/2 that the game ends as a draw, while Reading are 8/1 to leave with a first victory of the season.

Manager Brian McDermott will certainly have fond memories of Anfield as it was the ground he claimed his first win as Reading coach, in a 2010 FA Cup replay.

The main piece of good news for Liverpool is that Brendan Rodgers knows how to break down a team managed by McDermott, if his 4-2 Championship play-off final victory as Swansea boss is anything to go by.

Pepe Reina is a big injury doubt with a hamstring problem for the hosts, but unbelievably this may be a positive.

Liverpool have triumphed in all three encounters this season when Reina has been absent, in comparison to less than a third when he has been between the sticks.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.