Reading can get something against overrated Liverpool
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.