Stoke City v Liverpool Preview

January 11, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPremiership action Sunday Afternoon comes from the Britannia Stadium and features Stoke City versus Liverpool.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 16:10pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Stoke City v Liverpool Preview, Premiership, Sunday 12th January 2014

Stoke City have had a couple of bad loses in the Premier League in recent wins and manager Mark Hughes will want his side to instantly get back to winning ways even though they face title chasing Liverpool. Losing so heavily against Newcastle United at the end of December must of effected their confidence as they then had to face an inform Tottenham Hotspurs who brushed them aside with a convincing 3 – 0 victory. They did however bounce back to a well earned home draw against 5th placed Everton even though they must be disappointed Everton managed to grab a 90th minute winner by a Leighton Baines specialist free kick. Good news is that Stoke City cruise into the 4th round of the FA Cup after seeing off Championship leaders Leicester City 2 – 1 even though the visitors did manage to pull a late goal back causing some panic in the final minutes of the game.

Liverpool need to be very focused as they visit the Britannia Stadium on Sunday, two December loses to Manchester City and Chelsea see them drop to 4th place after leading the title race the day before. They did kick start the new year with a well earned win over Hull City with a Daniel Agger and Suarez goal before the FA Cup weekend where they see off Oldham Athletic with easy fashion. Brenden Rogers main focus will be to make sure his side stay fully focused on that very important win as there are now 6 points between them and current leaders Arsenal and with this being their first serious title push since the Premiership began they will not want to slip up now in the 2nd half of the season.

Stoke City Team News:

Stoke City suffered a serious blow when Asmir Begovic broke his finger in training before the Newcastle United game, and we are unsure when the goalkeeper is to return. Stoke are also without 29 year old English defender Andrew Wilkinson who has featured only 4 times this season, he is suffering from a sore ankle. We also see Thomas Sorensen still sidelined due to an Achilles problem. We are still not sure yet if Robert Huth (Knee) or Stephen Ireland (Hamstring) will feature in Sundays game but we do see Jack Butland return from being on loan and will make his first appearance for Stoke City.

Liverpool Team News:

Liverpool head into Sundays game with some key players missing due to injuries, with Joe Allen (Groin) among them. We also see John Flanagan out with a hamstring injury after the youngster made an impressive start to first team football recently. Jose Enrique(Knee), Daniel Agger(Calf) and youngster Sebastian Coates (Crucial Knee Ligaments) are also out injured. We do however see Daniel Sturridge return from injury as well as captain Steven Gerrard who could be selected for this game after playing 70 odd minutes against Oldham in the FA Cup.

Stoke City v Liverpool Head to Head Statistics:

The last 5 head to head statistics leave both teams level, yet if we look at the 91 games played in total you can’t help but be impressed with Liverpool’s dominance having won 46 games to Stoke City’s 18. With a total of 27 draws to take note of we can see 17 of them with Liverpool playing away from home much like Sunday.

17/08/13 PRL Liverpool – Stoke City 1 : 0
26/12/12 PRL Stoke City – Liverpool
3 : 1
07/10/12 PRL Liverpool – Stoke City 0 : 0
18/03/12 FAC Liverpool – Stoke City
2 : 1
14/01/12 PRL Liverpool – Stoke City
0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the previous 91 games played between these two sides we have seen a total of 220 goals scored which gives us an average of 2.4 goals per game. Both teams are playing far better than previous seasons and we see Liverpool mount a serious challenge for the Premiership title. So could see a couple of goals at least scored in Sundays afternoon game on Sky Sports.

Stoke City v Liverpool Recent Form (Left to Right)

Stoke City: W D L L W

Liverpool: W W L L W

Liverpool’s form had dropped at the end of December having lost to Manchester City and Chelsea away from home, but has picked up in the new year with two wins over Hull City and then Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. Stoke City’s results are up and down so the advantage for form would have to be with Champions League chasing Liverpool.

Stoke City v Liverpool Preview Match Betting Odds Market

Stoke City are at home for Sundays clash and are seen as underdogs by bookmakers. With the best odds coming in @ 9/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

The Draw is an option here and if Stoke City close shop could be a serious results contender. With the best bookmaker odds seen here @ 3/1 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers)

Liverpool are clear favourites for Sundays game and if they are serious about mounting a title challenge then is must be a win for Brenden Rodgers side. We see the best odds found here @ 4/6 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

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Stoke City v Liverpool Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Sundays game will be a tough battle for title pushing Liverpool, they will need to visit the Britannia Stadium fully focused for what will be an exciting and brutal match. Stoke City are known for their tough tackling and strength and will not be afraid of showing it once more at home ad they themselves look to get back to winning ways. Mark Hughes will see Liverpool as a great scalp to collect and will sit nicely next to Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. But we need to be serious for this game as Liverpool will see this game as a must win, and I can see them coming out guns blazing on Sunday afternoon.

Stoke City are a team very capable of taking points from any tough side, the way they play frustrates the best teams in the league and every manager knows that a visit to Stoke at home will only be a tough game and those title challengers who do win points here often see these opponents as the most important points won throughout the season.  So lets get down to predictions, I can see this game going two ways, either a win by Liverpool with a Luiz Suarez goal or a score draw. So basically these two choices will go down for this games predictions. You could go for a Daniel Sturridge anytime goal after he has recently returned from long term injury, if he does play he could well play an important part on Sunday.

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