Liverpool begin life under Brendan Rodgers this weekend as punters are drawn to the away win at odds of evens report Bet365, who also announce a new free bets offer on the game.
There will be an air of optimism in the away end on Saturday when the new manager takes charge of his first game against West Brom at the Hawthorns.
There was of course an air of surprise when Rodgers, who was Swansea City boss at the time, was named as the new man in charge at Anfield. However, he is confident in his ability to bring success to this famous club.
Rodgers has already been working on stamping a new style of play on Liverpool too. His Swansea team was famous for passing the ball on the floor and his ambition is for the Reds to have the same success with this style.
The expectation is obviously much higher at Anfield though and this brings plenty of pressure on Rodgers’ reasonably inexperienced shoulders. He is at the start of a long-term project, but this doesn’t mean some good early season form wouldn’t be nice.
Looking at the new players he has brought in, Joe Allen and Fabio Borini have arrived and they should feature this weekend for what is the start of a significant chapter in the history of Liverpool Football Club.
As for West Brom, they too have a new man in charge with Steve Clarke – once a coach at Liverpool – charged with the job of succeeding Roy Hodgson, now England manager.
The Baggies had a great season last time out of course, finishing 10th in the Premier League. This is something they would love to replicate this time around. It will be tough, but they have a strong squad and plenty of belief in their ability.
In terms of the players Clarke has signed this summer, he seems to have focused more on attacking talent with Romelu Lukaku and Yassine El Ghanassy coming in.
West Brom only scored 21 goals at home last season – only Aston Villa and Wolves scored less – and they will want to address that this season.
Overall, this should be a fascinating contest between two teams with big hopes for what the next few months could bring.