Suarez To Get His Premier League Debut Versus Stoke
New Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to get his first taste of Premier League football tonight as comes straight into the first team to face Stoke at Anfield, though there is no place for the injured Andy Carroll.
The Uruguayan forward was signed for a fee of £22 million from Dutch giants Ajax during the January transfer window and will immediately get the chance to show the Merseyside faithful what he can do against Tony Pulis’ men.
The striker is currently priced at 9/2 with Bet365 to be the game’s first scorer, which admittedly looks a bit slim on a player who will be starting his first competitive game in England, but those backing Suarez to shine can get 33/1 on him scoring a hat-trick.
Record £35 million signing Carroll, meanwhile, is almost certain not to feature in the game owing to his long-standing thigh injury, so punters should avoid any bookmakers offering a price – no matter how good – on the Geordie forward scoring.
In terms of the game itself, Liverpool’s improving form sees them priced as 4/6 favourites ahead of Stoke at 9/2, with the draw coming in at 13/5. With the visitors missing two key defenders in Ryan Shawcross and Danny Higginbotham, Stoke’s normally solid defence could ship goals and punters may do well to bag a big margin.
Bet365 are currently offering 43/40 on their being more than 2.5 goals in the game, but if you really fancy Liverpool turning on the style you can get 11/4 on over 3.5 goals and – if it turns into a rout – 7/1 on a total of 4.5 goals or more at full time.