Liverpool go into their Carling Cup second round match with Exeter City as massive favourites.
After a disappointing draw against Sunderland at Anfield in their opening Premier League game, Kenny Dalglish’s side reminded everyone of their quality with a 2-0 away success at Arsenal on Saturday.
It would therefore take a brave man to back against Liverpool to win today’s tie given their odds of 33/100 for victory.
Exeter City, on the other hand, have started their League One campaign disastrously, with just one point from four games – although manager Paul Tisdale believes his team’s 1-0 defeat to Preston at the weekend was one of the “best away performances we have constructed”.
The odds seem stacked against the third tier outfit but punters should remember that Liverpool were dumped out of the Carling Cup third round last season by an out-of-form Northampton Town.
With that in mind, an Exeter upset (15/2) or a draw after 90 minutes (4/1) may be worth a second look – especially considering that Liverpool are likely to give playing time to some of their second string and reserve players.
While Liverpool’s second XI should still be strong enough to beat Exeter, the home side may well be galvanised for the occasion in front of the live TV cameras and could make life difficult for the Reds.
A half-time draw and full-time Liverpool win at 29/10 would then surely make sense.
Or you could even go further by giving the enthusiastic home side a half-time lead that would be reversed by Liverpool after 90 minutes at 20/1.
However, this bet should be ruled out given Exeter have only scored one goal in their four league games so far this season.
As such, the best bet could be on Liverpool securing a healthy win to nil.
With this in mind, a 3-0 away win is priced at 27/4 and a 4-0 win for the Reds is at 10/1.
Add in the fact that Liverpool have been without a major trophy since 2006 and the lack of European football at Anfield this season and there’s more than enough reason to back Liverpool to comfortably overcome Exeter.
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