Birmingham City surprised pundits with a successful 2009/10 campaign on their return to top flight football and have started the new term in fine style as they look to avoid ‘second season syndrome’.
Online bookmakers are offering free bets to new customers and have special cash back offers available on today’s Premier League clash between Birmingham and Liverpool at St Andrews.
Alex McLeish’s side achieved a top half finish by being difficult to beat at home but didn’t score too often, only four sides netted fewer times than the Blues last season.
So far this season, the Blues are unbeaten and have developed a scoring habit having notched two goals in each of their three league games.
888 Sport are offering odds of 23/10 for the game to end in a draw and Victor Chandler offer 3/1 a Birmingham win as the Blues look to maintain their unbeaten record.
McLeish left it late in the summer window to add to his squad, but has brought in former Arsenal midfielder Alex Hleb, Chile winger Jean Beausejour and Czech Republic international defender Martin Jiranek.
Fans may have to wait to see the new signings in action as McLeish is expected to ask Beausejour and Jiranek to start on the bench while Hleb must shake off an knock he received on international duty.
Striker Kevin Phillips is unavailable until next week due to a calf injury and defender Stuart Parnaby will miss out with a slight hamstring.
Roy Hodgson’s men have found the new season tough, having accumulated four points from two home games against Arsenal and West Brom while their away game to Manchester City proved fruitless.
This looks another tough fixture for the Reds but they could do with three points to keep within reach of the early pacesetters, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Totesport are offering 13/10 for a Liverpool win with talismanic midfielder Steven Gerrard a 6/1 shot to score the first goal.
Hodgson brought in Paul Konchesky and Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles late in the transfer window to complete his squad investrment.
Konchskey will slot straight into Liverpool’s left back position as Fabio Aurelio recovers from an Achilles injury and Meireles will take a place on the substitute’s bench.
Hodgson will be without Dirk Kuyt, the Dutch forward injured his shoulder playing for Holland and is sidelined for a month.
Maxi Rodriguez could come in to replace Kuyt, as Joe Cole is serving the last of his three match suspension and David Ngog has been complaining of a problem with his hamstring.
Possible staring line ups:
BIRMINGHAM: Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Bowyer, Ferguson, Gardner, Larrson, McFadden, Jerome.
LIVERPOOL: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Lucas, Poulsen, Rodriguez, Jovanovic, Gerrard, Torres.