Bournemouth head to Anfield seeking their first ever Premier League points, but the recent records of newly-promoted factions in their seasonal Monday night debut doesn’t bode well for the Cherries.
Opponents Liverpool, according to the travails of Championship escapees, are in for a heavy win on Merseyside, making their odds of a handicap victory especially appealing.
Rated a reasonable 11/25 to prevail on a level playing field, there’s a strong case to make for giving the Reds a goal or two to overcome before claiming the spoils, adding serious weight to the profit on offer.
It’s 5/4 for Brendan Rodgers’ men to prevail after handing their adversaries a one-goal start, while a monster 3/1 says they’ll do the business by at least three strikes.
Both wagers are worth making based on the misfortune suffered by the freshly-promoted bunch forced into Monday evening action in the past.
Last season saw Burnley kick their campaign off at home to eventual champions Chelsea, with the Blues running out 3-1 winners at Turf Moor, notching three in succession after going a goal down.
Crystal Palace fared even worse when taking on the inferior Fulham a year earlier, losing 4-1 in front of the faithful in a game that brought the curtain down on Ian Holloway’s reign as manager.
West Ham bucked the trend somewhat in 2012/13 when claiming a 2-1 victory at QPR in the first Monday appearance for a promoted outfit, but Reading were hammered 5-2 at home by Arsenal in the second.
Swansea were the side to kick start this miserable spell in their 4-0 shellacking at Manchester City on the opening weekend of the 2011/12 edition.
Bournemouth leaked three at home to an out-of-form Liverpool team in last term’s Capital One Cup.
The Reds’ enhanced frontline will expect to register at least the same again on their own patch.