Odds compilers at bwin have set Danny Ings’ under/over Premier League goal line at 10.5 strikes ahead of the new campaign, set to begin on August 8th.
The punting gauntlet, with 17/20 available on either eventuality, was thrown down in response to Twitter user JPiz (@thebetter3), who tweeted the firm’s account the following:
— JPiz (@thebetter3) July 27, 2015
Ings certainly has the ability to net 11 goals or more in the top flight – he proved as much for Burnley last term.
That was for a Clarets side sufficiently lacking in creativity to go six games without a goal as the season wore on too.
Having already waxed lyrical about the better quality teammates he has been working with since making the switch, the former Southampton trainee should have little trouble delivering for overs backers if afforded the minutes.
Unfortunately for Ings it’s an if of galactic proportions.
One of the first Liverpool signings over the line this summer, his likely playing time next season has been massively eroded by a string of further incomings.
After the arrival of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi’s return from his loan season at Lille, the former Bournemouth striker will likely start the season fourth in the pecking order.
Ings could conceivably be busted down to fifth in the standings by the time, somewhere in the distant future, Daniel Sturridge returns from his seemingly endless injury.
That’s without even considering Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.
That the England Under-21 star is likely to sit behind Origi was seemingly demonstrated by recent line-ups on Liverpool’s tour of the Far East.
An impromptu training match against low-calibre foes Felda United saw him bag a hat-trick in a facile 7-0 victory.
However, that fixture came the day before the Reds played the vastly superior Malaysia XI, where the Belgian started.
As such the 17/20 available about Ings failing to equal or surpass his 2014/15 Premier League goals total looks too good to ignore.