Stoke City v Liverpool Predictions and Betting Tips
April 06, 2017
Saturday April 8 – Bet365 Stadium – Premier League
Now in the final stretch of the season, Liverpool must defeat mid-table Stoke to remain in the hunt for Champions League football.
Liverpool and Stoke will meet for the 100th time on Saturday, with the Reds predictably having a vastly superior record. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won the past two meetings 4-1, and have won seven of their last 10 against the home side.
Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are all guaranteed to miss Saturday’s trip in an increasing injury crisis. As four of the absentees are starters when fit, Klopp could opt for a formation change or possibly start the young Marko Grujic in midfield and Divock Origi on the right wing.
Stoke are having a tough time with injuries themselves and will be missing Stephen Ireland, Jack Butland, Geoff Cameron and Peter Crouch, but good news comes with the returns of Xhedran Shaqiri and Jonathan Walters. As the home side have a deeper squad, their injury list should be less of a burden.
Stoke City vs Liverpool Preview and Predictions
As the home side are sitting in mid-table and Liverpool are very much in the race for third place, so it is no surprise the Reds are heavy favourites at odds of 3/4. Stoke at 21/5 represent excellent value, as a Liverpool side without Mane is much less dangerous than a Liverpool side with the former Southampton man. However, when a team are missing their key player they usually attack with more variety, which can make them unpredictable. As Divock Origi, a natural forward, will be pushed out wide to accommodate the absence of Mane, a more direct approach should result in more clear cut chances being created.
But Stoke aren’t the same defensive Tony Pulis side than many fans will remember. Although Mark Hughes coaching talents can certainly be considered questionable, he has added variety and substance to the Potters, and now instead of fighting relegation, they find themselves deservedly mid-table and one of the league’s tougher away fixtures. Although fans are angry at the departure of Bojan and the probable transfers of Gianelli Imbula and Shaqiri this summer, their league form has yet to be affected.
Philippe Coutinho to score first at 19/10
Roberto Firmino is favourite to open the scoring, but Philippe Coutinho’s return to form in last week’s Merseyside derby win makes him an attractive option.
Liverpool to win 2-1 at 8/1
Guilty of inconsistency in recent games but buoyed by possible Champions League football, Liverpool should have a little too much for Stoke.