Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

The Punter: Dalglish needs to keep Wolves from the door

Kenny Dalglish

It's not proving easy for King Kenny as he seeks that first win since returning as manager of his beloved Liverpool.

Just when it looked as if he might grab a derby victory at Anfield, he had to suffer once again as Everton deservedly earned a 2-2 draw.

Clearly, Kenny will need more than his uplifting spirit to hoist his side out of the bottom half of the table and much will depend on his powers of persuasion during the transfer window.

At present, there are too many ordinary players in his squad, promoting serious doubts about them finishing ahead of Everton come the end of the season.

In this particular two-horse race, Everton are an attractive bet at 10-11 to win while 9-4 about Liverpool staying in the bottom half is tempting.

When will that initial victory come for Kenny? The bookies go 22-1 that a win won't arrive in the next five matches, starting away to Wolves on Saturday.

Nothing would delight the manager more than taking revenge on Mick McCarthy's boys who put the bite on Liverpool at Anfield, but the Reds at odds-on (10-11) represent poor value considering that in 11 away games this season, they have only won once — at Bolton — losing eight and drawing two. Also, Wolves are no mugs at home and know how to battle as shown in their 4-3 defeat at Eastlands last weekend. McCarthy has already plotted the downfall of Chelsea and Manchester City at Molineux.

Hill's have opened a market on when Kenny's breakthrough will come and make the call at evens for Saturday, but that is best resisted and instead await the visit of Fulham who have only one away win. A price of 7-5 is available and looks a solid choice.

Somewhat bizarrely, Manchester United have eased from 8-11 to 5-6 to regain the Premier League title despite a solid point at Spurs which leaves them still on course for an unbeaten run to the crown. While Fergie's men may not be at the top of their game, they are not losing. A price of 11-1 is available with Hill's for the Red Devils not to suffer a defeat between now and the last league fixture and that is a decent bet combined with 5-1 that they'll lose one.

Number of defeats United will have in Premier League: none 11-1; exactly one 5-1; two 100-30; three 3-1; four 7-2; five or more 4-1.Liverpool's finishing position: 25-1 top four; 100-30 fifth or sixth; 10-11 seventh to 10th; 9-4 bottom half.

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