Liverpool vs Stoke City Preview

April 27, 2018
By: Deke Hardman

Saturday’s Premier League action kicks off at Anfield where Liverpool take on Stoke City.

The Merseyside outfit go in to the game fresh from thrashing Roma 5-2 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final and an unbeaten league run that stretches to five games.

They did squander a two goal lead at bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion last time out in the league but a return to winning ways here would see them move into second place, at least until Sunday afternoon when Manchester United take on Arsenal.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is set to rotate his squad with Wednesday evening’s second leg against Roma in mind with Sadio Mane among those set to be rested while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the rest of the season, and the World Cup after being stretchered off with knee-ligament damage midweek.

Mo Salah, who last weekend moved on to thirty-one league goals for the season matching the record for the amount score in a thirty-eight game Premier League campaign is favourite to open the scoring at 3.25 (9/4) with Unibet with Danny Ings at 5.25 (17/4) with the same firm.

The home win is 1.3 (3/10) with a variety of firms with the visitors as highly priced as the 11.0 (10/1) offer from a number of firms. The draw can be backed at 6.0 (5/1) with Betfair.

The Potters have won just one of their last sixteen league games though they are unbeaten in two after drawing their last two games 1-1.

Defeat here will leave them on the brink of relegation and their fate would be confirmed if they are beaten and Swansea City beat Chelsea in the day’s late kick-off.

Maxim Choupo-Maxim and Kostas Stafylidis remain out while Glen Johnson is unlikely to feature, as are Saido Berahino and Jese.

Peter Crouch is 14.0 (13/1) to get the first goal of the game with Unibet ahead of 15.0 (14/1) chance Xherdan Shaqiri.

Liverpool have won the last four meetings with Stoke, though have kept a clean sheet in just one of those games so you may be tempted to back the home win with both teams scoring here at 2.88 (15/8) with some firms.

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