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Nic Ladds 29th Sep 2010 - 16:15

An unhappy return for Kuyt as Hodgson's woes continue

Liverpool's dismal start to the season is set to continue as they come up against Dutch side FC Utrecht whose home form could cause Liverpool all sorts of problems.

FC Utrecht (5/2) have won all three home matches in the Dutch league so far this season which extends their home run to eight consecutive wins in all competitions.

Liverpool (11/10) have not fared well away from home, they are without a win in the Premier League and have won just three of their last 13 away games.

When you couple this with Utrecht's home record I think the 5/2 on the home side is a decent price, the 13/10 on them in the draw no bet market is almost unmissable for me.

To make things just that bit tougher for the Reds, their talismanic captain Steven Gerrard has been rested while other big names such as Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio and Daniel Agger out of the squad, Liverpool could be a bit thin on numbers.

20-year-old Martin Kelly is likely to be switched to left-back which could be a great target for the home side as they push forward.

One man who will be hoping to shine for Liverpool is Dirk Kuyt. The Dutchman is not just returning back to his home country but he is returning to the club where he spent five happy years before moving to then rivals Feyenoord.

Even in those days, Dirk was not the most prolific of attackers and managed 51 goals in his 160 appearances. Surely he will be hoping to silence the fans that once worshipped him and he is 15/2 to bag the first goal or 9/4 anytime.

Fernando Torres is always the main threat for Liverpool though, despite only bagging one goal this season he is still the obvious choice for a first scorer bet and is 4/1 to do so.

The somewhat comically named Ricky van Wolfswinkel is Utrecht's main striking threat and the 21 year old forward already has seven goals in six appearances this season, 18 in 38 since he signed for the club. I will personally be having a flutter on him to score first at 13/2.

Roy Hodgson will be hoping this match can provide some short-term relief from their poor domestic form which sees them 16th in the league after six matches but the home side should not be underestimated one bit.

If this match was at Anfield, then Liverpool would be pretty confident of an easy victory but they have been so poor away from home recently and Utrecht seem to really up their game in front of home support, it could be another tough night for Roy Hodgson and his men.



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