Liverpool vs Stoke City Betting Tips
Liverpool will set their sight on league leaders Chelsea when they host Stoke City in Tuesday’s stand-alone Premier League fixture. The Reds celebrated the holidays trailing six points behind the West London club and the gap has now extended to nine points thanks to Chelsea’s victory against Bournemouth. Liverpool snatched a last gasp victory against Merseyside rivals Everton last Monday and hope to maintain their unbeaten home run against Stoke before they enter in a high profile clash with Manchester City on New Year’s eve.
Joe Allen returns to Anfield for the first time since his summer move to Stoke. The Welshman has been in the form of his life but his side’s recent form hasn’t been much dazzling. The Potters threw away a 2-0 lead to settle for a 2-2 draw against Leicester last week, which meant they have won only once in four of their matches in December. Stoke have never won a Premier League match in Anfield and if they manage to pull off their first away win in Liverpool territory they could lift their side as high as eighth in the ranks.
Liverpool vs Stoke Team News
Philippe Coutinho has made an early return from an ankle injury and has started training but the Brazilian would not be involved in Tuesday. Joel Matip is also unlikely to be named in the squad after his recent recovery from an ankle injury.
Injuries: Phillippe Coutinho(ankle), Marko Grujic(muscle), Danny Ings(knee)
Doubts: Joel Matip(ankle), Joseph Gomez(lack of match fitness), Oluwaseyi Ojo(lack of match fitness)
- Stoke City
Arnautovic has two more matches of suspension after he was sent off against Southampton. Ibrahim Afellay might return for the first time since April, when he damaged his knee ligament. Jack Butland went through a second round of surgery last week, which could further delay his return.
Injuries: Stephen Ireland(broken leg), Phil Bardsley(knee), Geoff Cameron(knee),Jack Butland(knee)
Doubt: Marc Muniesa(knee)
Suspension: Marco Arnautovic(2 more matches left)
Liverpool vs Stoke Predictions
Liverpool have responded splendidly after their 4-3 setback against Bournemouth and Simon Mignolet’s return in goal has yielded two consecutive clean-sheets in their past two games. Liverpool’s attacking spearhead might be too difficult to handle for the Potters. We envision a comfortable Liverpool win at Anfield.
Liverpool vs Stoke Recent Form
Liverpool(2nd in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
1-0(Away, Everton)3-0(Away, Middlesbrough)2-2(Home, West Ham)3-4(Away, Bournemouth)2-0(EFL Cup, Home, Leeds)
- Stoke City(11th in the league, last 5 matches in all competitions)
2-2(Home, Leicester)0-0(Home, Southampton)1-3(Away, Arsenal)2-0(Home, Burnley)1-0(Away, Watford)
Liverpool vs Stoke Head to Head
|Total Played||Liverpool wins||Stoke wins||Draws|
10 April, 2016
Liverpool 4- Stoke 1
- Liverpool last 20 home games against teams below them-12 wins, 6 draws, 2 losses, 2.3 goals scored/match, 1.1 goals conceded/match
- Stoke last 20 away games against teams above them-2 wins, 5 draws, 13 losses, 0.6 goals scored/match, 1.9 goals conceded/match
- Liverpool have won five of their last six Premier League games against Stoke, losing the other 6-1 in May 2015.
- Stoke beat Liverpool in the 2nd leg of their League Cup semi-final last January 1-0, though they were eliminated on penalties. This ended a run of 36 games without a win in any competition at Anfield. They then lost 4-1 in April in the Premier League there.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in 15 Premier League home games (W9 D6 L0) – the longest current unbeaten home run in the competition.
- The last time that they went on a longer run at Anfield in the Premier League was a 31-game unbeaten streak between December 2007 and August 2009.
- Joe Allen has scored five goals in 16 Premier League appearances for Stoke City this season; one more than he scored in his entire Liverpool career in the competition (four goals in 91 games).
- Mark Hughes has never won a Premier League game as a manager at Anfield (W0 D4 L6). He also suffered his heaviest defeat as a player in the competition there; 1-7 for Southampton in January 1999.
- Stoke have failed to score in 11 of their previous 17 trips to Merseyside in the Premier League (against Liverpool and Everton combined).
- Sadio Mane has had a hand in eight goals in his last nine Premier League appearances (five goals, three assists).
- Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged starting XI in his last Premier League game (versus Everton) – only the third time he’s done this in the competition but he’s never done it in successive PL matches.
- Liverpool have kept two successive Premier League clean sheets – they have not kept three in a row in the competition under Jurgen Klopp before.