Liverpool will be aiming to get their Champions League campaign up and running when they travel to the Otkrytiye Arena to take on Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.
Having been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Sevilla in their opening Group E clash, Jurgen Klopp’s men are available at 13/20 (1.65) with bet365 to secure all three points in this one.
Meanwhile, the Narodnaya Komanda earned a 1-1 draw themselves in their first group game away to Maribor, and can be backed at 15/4 (4.75) to come out on top here.
The hosts have now drawn four of their last six fixtures in all competitions, and there are odds of 3/1 (4.00) on offer on them holding their opponents to yet another stalemate.
While they will have been relieved to come away with a first victory in five games, the Reds did little to alleviate fears over their shaky defence in the 3-2 win at Leicester City on Saturday.
That match at the King Power Stadium was their fifth in succession without a clean sheet, and the fourth in five in which they have conceded two goals or more.
Nevertheless, considering they are averaging two goals a game at the other end of the pitch, Klopp’s side will at least feel confident of having some joy against a team that possess a negative goal difference after 11 matches in the Russian Premier League.
In fact, Massimo Carrera’s team have conceded more goals than anyone but bottom side Anzhi in their domestic league, but scored more than all but two other sides so far.
Having both scored and let in six times over their previous three home matches, Spartak certainly appear likely to ensure their guests’ run of entertainingly high-scoring games continues, and odds of 21/20 (2.05) are well worth backing on both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals going in for Liverpool’s fourth consecutive European game this season.