Liverpool have struggled whenever Steven Gerrard has not played in recent years and news that the midfielder is set to be out for the season could be a disastrous blow for their hopes of putting pressure on fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
The Reds are at home to Manchester City, who sit fourth, in Monday’s 20:00 BST kick-off and the captain’s influential presence is likely to be sorely missed, meaning betting odds of 7/4 on the visitors to win may be an attractive price.
Indeed, a successful £10 bet on Roberto Mancini’s men would return £27.50, while a similar wager on City to score three or more goals would scoop £63.50 thanks to bwin’s odds of 21/4.
Liverpool are actually the favourites to triumph, with bwin.com offering odds of 31/20, meaning a £10 bet would return £25.50 if Kenny Dalglish’s men take all three points.
Controversial Italian striker Mario Balotelli might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but bwin’s 7/1 odds on him scoring the first goal in today’s fixture mean a successful £10 bet would return £80.
Carlos Tevez has also been in fine form this season, hitting the net 19 times in the Premier League. A winning £10 flutter on the Argentinean striker to open the scoring could net you £60 with bwin’s 5/1 odds.
City also have Edin Dzeko to call on for goals, with the sharp shooter priced at an attractive 15/2 to grab the last goal of the match.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Raul Meireles looks a good bet at 10/1, with a £10 wager returning £110 if the Portuguese star notches the game’s opening goal.
The home side’s cause will not be helped by further injuries to Dan Agger and Glen Johnson, while Fabio Aurelio and Jonio Shelvey are unlikely to be fit enough to feature.
Meanwhile, City are likely to once again be missing the presence of Micah Richards and Jerome Boateng, who are both injured.
Bet £10 on Manchester City winning 3-1 and expect to see a return of £210 if they do, thanks to bwin.com’s football betting odds of 20/1. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.