International break-inspired aggravation is a feeling every avid football fan is familiar with.
But the enforced interludes are made all the worse when valuable assets are sidelined through injuries picked when answering their country’s call.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has bemoaned England’s mistreatment of Daniel Sturridge ahead of his side’s game with Aston Villa, stating that his line-leader in-chief would never have suffered the thigh strain that will keep him out for three weeks had he remained at Melwood.
Despite being shorn of the likeliest net-bulger in their ranks, the Reds assume microscopic 3/10 favouritism to topple Paul Lambert’s men at Anfield.
But minus their 21-goal hero of last season it could be a frustrating afternoon for the Merseysiders, as it could for the other two teams to feature in our internationally broken treble that pays 14/1.
Aston Villa to avoid defeat at Liverpool @ 23/10
A fully-loaded front three of Sturridge, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling were unable to get the better of a counter-attacking Villans outfit at home last term.
This was the third season in succession against this foe in which the Anfield spoils have eluded Rodgers’ charges so don’t be surprised to see them struggle this time around.
Manchester City to beat Arsenal @ 6/4
Gunners talisman Aaron Ramsey is battling for fitness after twisting his ankle on Andorra’s massive five-a-side pitch in midweek.
Minus the Welshman, the north Londoners have won just 53 per cent of their matches as opposed to the 65 per cent when he’s been included so, unless he recovers, side with the visitors, who have lost just one in five against this adversary, here.
Southampton to beat Newcastle @ 83/100
Had it not been for teen prodigy Rolando Aarons, the Toon would’ve most likely succumbed to defeat against Crystal Palace last time out.
A hamstring injury has ruled him out of the St Mary’s sojourn, however, while Alan Pardew will probably be without Cheick Tiote too, who played two games for the Ivory Coast despite his club bosses’ protestations that he wasn’t fit to feature in one.
The Saints have started strongly and recorded flawless victories over the Tynesiders on each of their previous two visits.