Tim Sherwood said in his interview this week that Liverpool’s leaky defence is encouraging from a Spurs point of view, but it would appear Paddy Power punters completely disagree with the Tottenham boss. The First Goalscorer market has been taking a battering this morning and the majority of the money is coming for just three players.
The results of snooping around Paddy’s book are as surprising as a Tim Sherwood meltdown, however it is a handy pointer to how punters are feeling towards today’s match. In that they’re feeling like Liverpool are really going to hammer Spurs.
Luis Suarez 3/1
We did tell you it wasn’t exactly a shocker. Almost half of the money in the First Goalscorer book is on Luis Suarez, and it’s very hard to disagree with. He’s on his way to smashing all kinds of Premier League goal scoring records and that was despite missing the first five games of the season for nibbling on Branislav Ivanovich.
Suarez has 28 goals in 26 games, a conversion rate of 23 per cent and he has averaged a goal every 83 minutes in the league this year. Throw in the fact he’s got the opening goal against Tottenham on the last two occasions and it looks to be as obvious as Shaquille O’Neal at a midget convention.
If you’re going against Suarez than you could point to the fact that he has gone three games at Anfield without a goal. ‘Clutching’ and ‘straws’ comes to mind though.
Daniel Sturridge 7/2
Not far behind Suarez in the betting is his strike-partner D-Studge. Not content with trying to make his Twitter name sound more appealing to hooded youths, Sturridge has also been finding the onion bag at a remarkable rate.
His 28 per cent conversion rate is slightly higher than Suarez’s and Sturridge has averaged a goal every 92 minutes this year, finding the net 20 times in 23 games. He missed the 5-0 rout at White Hart Lane due to injury, and with 15 goals in his last 15 games, it’s hard to see Spurs getting away lightly again.
Steven Gerrard 7/1
The book is rounded off by yet another Liverpool player as Paddy prepares for an absolute hammering if the free-scoring Scousers dish out another thumping. Steven Gerrard might be playing a different role these days due to the fact he’s almost closer to a pension than puberty, but that hasn’t stopped him having his most prolific season in front of goal for five years.
Liverpool’s skipper has 11 goals to his name and a conversion rate of 29 per cent. He can also boast of being the man who takes the spot-kicks which is an added luxury when you’re backing a player to score first. Gerrard bagged the winner in this respective fixture last season and has found the net five times in his last six league games.
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