The Reds boss has certainly shown a willingness to give the youngsters a game, as the late arrival of the Euro 2012 contingent saw a number of unfamiliar faces turn out for the games against FC Toronto and Roma.
The Ulsterman has promised to ease the big names back into the team slowly, making an under-strength Liverpool side slight underdogs at 8/5 (2.60) with Bet365 to record a first win under their new boss.
Villas-Boas called upon the majority of his key players to record a 1-1 draw against LA Galaxy, and his team are expected to have the edge in this one, priced at 6/4 (2.50).
The goalless draw at Anfield in February was the first stalemate between these two sides in 10 games, but you can get odds of 9/4 (3.25) on another one taking place on Saturday.
Like most pre-season friendlies, the match is sure to be littered with substitutions, and this can have an unsettling effect on defences.
Each of these sides' first two warm-up games have featured two or three goals, and with returning forwards set to pose even more of an attacking threat, this seems more than likely to be the case once again.
You can get even money (2.00) on two or three goals being scored in this one.
Rodgers’ immediate aim is to close the gap on fourth-placed Spurs and qualify for the Champions League, but Liverpool are still a way behind the north London club.
At such an early stage in the Reds’ transition, Tottenham’s superior quality should be too much for them, and we must expect Spurs to edge it Baltimore.
At odds of 11/4 (3.75), it is worth backing Villas-Boas’ men to come out on top in a high-scoring encounter, featuring three goals or more.
|2 or 3 total goals at Evens (2.00) with Bet365
||Spurs to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/4 (3.75) with Bet365|
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