Premier League Betting: Stoke City v Liverpool - Fan v Fan Preview



Stoke City perspective: Matt Meir, Potters Online.

Team news

We will be without Marc Wilson and Rory Delap for this fixture, and it’s unlikely that either Michael Owen (hamstring) or Charlie Adam (compassionate leave) will feature against their former club. Another former Liverpool man, Peter Crouch, will probably start in place of Kenwyne Jones, who disappointed against Spurs. Other than this change, Pulis is unlikely to tinker too much with a team that shut out a very attacking and free flowing Spurs, although Liverpool’s result against Fulham may inspire him to play even more defensively.

Form

The Potters head into this fixture on a run of form never before seen by Stoke fans in the Premier League; the 0-0 stalemate at White Hart Lane made the current unbeaten run our longest since gaining promotion. Whilst the style of play continues to attract the wrong kind of attention from some sides of the media, there is no denying that we seem more secure and stable this season than ever before.

Head-to-head

Our recent record against Liverpool is decent, particularly at home: before last season's league cup reverse, we picked up eight points from a possible twelve against the Reds in Stoke.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 1.60. Our defence has been superb all season, so I can see this being another low-scoring match.

Peter Crouch to score at 3.10. The big man should relish playing against his former employers.

The draw at 3.20. We love to test the so-called big sides at the Britannia, and I can see us getting a point from this one.

Score prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Liverpool (6.25)

Predicted side

Liverpool perspective: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Stewart Downing scored his first Premier League goal for us in the 4-0 rout against Fulham on Saturday, so hopefully he has found his mojo and takes that form into Wednesday. Downing wasn't the only one to impress; skipper Steven Gerrard played his best game of the year. On the injury front, Jose Enrique made a timely return, but Fabio Borini will not be ready for Stoke. Joe Allen and Raheem Sterling were both rested on Saturday but I expect both of them to start this time.

Form

Liverpool recovered from the humiliating defeat at the hands of Aston Villa to thrash Fulham. The Reds hope to keep up the form we showed in that latter game against Stoke City.

Head-to-head

The Britannia hasn't been a happy hunting ground for Liverpool, with the Reds only registering a first win there last season in the League Cup. In last season's Premier League fixture, Stoke took all three points at the Britannia when Jonathan Walters converted a first-half penalty.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.95. While both teams are strong at the back, I don't think this will be a stalemate. The odds are good as well.

Luis Suarez to score first at 4.90. The striker finally got his name on the scoresheet late on against Fulham, and will be looking to add to his tally.

Charlie Adam to score at 6.00. If Charlie Adam plays (he might be on compassionate leave), he's a good pick to score. He certainly has something to prove after a poor spell with us.

Score prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Liverpool (6.25)

Predicted side

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