Liverpool are massive favourites to get their Capital One Cup campaign off to a winning start against Notts County, but Brendan Rodgers’ history of squad rotation in this competition points to a goal-fest and the value lies in backing both teams to score at 11/10.
As one might expect, the Reds are long odds-on at 1/7 for this second round clash, with the Magpies easy to back at 21/2 and the draw priced up at 13/2.
The Anfield club have begun their league season with two wins out of two for the first time since the 2008/09 campaign and although they have been solid rather than spectacular, manager Rodgers will be delighted with such tangible progress.
They face a Notts County side whose sole victory this season came against League Two Fleetwood Town in this competition.
Following a draw and three losses in League One, County’s slow start has left them fourth-bottom.
Chris Kiwomya’s charges should be there for the taking, but Rodgers is poised to name a scratch team for this fixture as he looks to keep his key players fresh for the league tie with Manchester United.
Liverpool’s boss made 11 changes for last season’s Capital One Cup third round clash at West Brom, a game they won 2-1.
The previous year, when Rodgers was still in charge at Swansea, only Danny Graham and Ashley Williams started both the 0-0 league draw against Wigan Athletic and the subsequent 3-1 defeat away to League Two Shrewsbury Town, which is an indication of where the Northern Irishman’s priorities lie.
Fringe players such as Andre Wisdom, Raheem Sterling and Brad Jones are set to start this game, with winger Sterling’s 20-minute cameo against Stoke the only slither of game-time between them so far this year.
Despite their woeful start to the new term, County have managed to find the net seven times in all competitions and two-goal forward Yoann Arquin should be available to lead the attack against the Merseysiders.