Liverpool v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 26, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
Jurgen Klopp's Champions League semi finalists welcome relegation threatened Stoke to Anfield this weekend, following a busy week for Liverpool
The Reds won 3-0 away at Stoke earlier this season, with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah (twice) scoring for the visitors at the the Bet365 Stadium.
The Reds have won their last Premier League five meetings with Stoke, with The Potters last win over them coming May 2015, with a 6-1 victory.
Liverpool will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a knee injury in midweek against Roma, and the England international is out for the remainder of the season.
Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Joel Matip are all set to be out until in 2018-19, with injuries.
Mark Hughes could be able to welcome back two first team players for the trip to Liverpool, with Eric Choupo-Moting and Kostas Stafylidis both set for late fitness tests.
Liverpool v Stoke Preview and Predictions
Given their Champions League exploits against Roma, Klopp may look to rest some of his star men as they prepare to head to Italy next week. However given their form, he will have a challenge to pick who to leave out, with front three Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino all unlikely to be asking for a rest.
With Egyptian international Salah hunting the golden boot record he may start, and be withdrawn, but Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings could come in for the others.
A defeat would essentially relegate Stoke, as even if they win their last two games, they would need a huge goal difference swing in their favour, and it looks to be going that way - with a Liverpool win at 1/4.
Klopp's players are in red hot form at the moment, scoring 12 goals in their last four games, with over 2.5 goals in total scored in seven of their last eight games. Even without some of the regular starters for this game, they should be able to rack up some goals, with an over 2.5 goals bet in this one at 6/5.
Liverpool to win 3-1 at 10/1
Klopp will pick his side based on the Roma game in midweek, but given the confidence of his side at the moment they should be able to easily get past a Stoke side that have not won in their last 11 games. Their relegation looks to be confirmed by the end of the month.
Mo Salah to score first at 21/10
Liverpool fans will have one eye on the Champions League semi final clash in Italy next week, but Salah is still expected to play this weekend. He has 31 Premier League goals so far this season, and he is likely to win the Golden Boot, but he will have his own eyes on breaking Andy Cole's Premier League record of 34 goals, in his debut season at Anfield.