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Liverpool vs Stoke – Suarez 7/2 to score first on debut

| 02.02.2011

After a busy deadline day in the transfer window, Liverpool can now return to on-the-field matters and their strong form at Anfield this season makes them decently priced at 4/7 in the Premier League betting to beat Stoke.

Match Odds

Only Manchester United and Chelsea have gained more league points at home this season than Liverpool, with the Reds collecting 24 of their 32 points at Anfield.

Liverpool away has not proved one of Stoke’s favourite fixtures in the past as they have taken just two points from Anfield in their last 26 visits.

Furthermore, Stoke have never won at Anfield in 47 top-flight meetings.

However, Stoke will take confidence from the way they bullied Liverpool off the park in their 2-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium in November.

It is 54 years since Stoke last did the double over Liverpool, but those believing that the time has come for this run to end can get odds of 5/1.

First Goalscorer

Many eyes will be on new Liverpool signing Luis Suarez as he is expected to make his debut for the club against Stoke.

He brings with him a prolific scoring record from Holland and is 7/2 to open the scoring against Stoke and help Liverpool fans quickly forget about Fernando Torres.

Suarez’s chances are also aided by the fact that Stoke will be without regular starting defenders Ryan Shawcross and Danny Higginbotham.

Meanwhile, Stoke are yet to concede more than twice in a league game this season, so backing Liverpool to win 2-0 could prove profitable at 6/1.

A £25 stake on the scorecast of Liverpool beating Stoke 2-0 and Suarez scoring first would return £450. New customers can sign up here for a free £25 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.