It would take a particularly timid gambler not to be remotely intrigued by the prospect of backing Stoke to avoid defeat against Liverpool at odds of 27/20.
Mark Hughes’ men have had the week to themselves, no doubt spending their time training, playing FIFA, eating Nandos and getting tattoos.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been over to Germany, to play the Bundesliga’s second-best side, coming away with a credible draw that ensures their Europa League tie with remains alive, but losing Jordan Henderson to injury.
But, while there may be gallons of juice in the 5/1 about the Potters besting their supposedly travel-tired hosts at Anfield for the second time this season, in reality the game could scarcely have come at a worse time for the visitors.
It turns out the Reds have basically got the whole avoiding a post-Europa League defeat thing licked and have been on top of it since before Brendan Rodgers got the chop.
In the 11 domestic games that immediately followed Thursday night forays over the past two seasons they’ve tasted defeat just once.
Before bwin account holders go unloading their wheelbarrows full of cash on the 57/100 odds on offer for the home win, it should be noted that they’ve actually won just three times during that sequence, with two coming under Rodgers.
They’ve drawn no fewer than seven times in the domestic games following Europa League ties over the past two campaigns.
Given the recent history of tight encounters between the sides – four of their last five encounters were decided by a 1-0 scoreline – the 11/4 about a stalemate looks a fine price for punters.
Stoke’s recent form also lends itself to the idea that a close game is in prospect, with the Potters’ last six games either drawn or decided by a single strike.