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More Liverpool frustration in store ahead of Reds’ Britannia jaunt

| 09.01.2014

Daniel Sturridge is in line to make a return to the Liverpool team for their trip to Stoke as the Reds look to record a first Premier League victory at the Britannia in their esteemed history.

Odds of 4/6 say Brendan Rodgers’ men will end this particular hoodoo in their forthcoming clash, with the Potters weighing in at a meaty 4/1 and the draw an 11/4 alternative.

Given that the title-chasing Merseysiders are yet to claim three points at the home of (Staffordshire) football – a venue where they’ve lost three successive league meetings – the latter prices should definitely be the ones standing out, with Stoke’s of particular appeal given their next opponents have failed to claim the spoils in six of their previous seven sojourns.

They’ve returned home empty-handed from three of their last four road trips, whereas Mark Hughes’ charges have not lost a league game at home since Norwich shocked them at the end of September, there should be plenty of interest in the home side here.

Chelsea, Man City and Everton are among the elite clubs to fail to get the better of the hosts at the Britannia, which makes a price a shade north of 1/1 excellent value for the home team to avoid defeat in this one.

The Reds’ chances of winning take a painful body blow when their goals conceded stats are perused. In those six away games they’ve failed to win in seven they’ve allowed the opposition to bag at least two goals in each of them.

Such leakiness would cause even the best sides big problems, but when you consider that Notts County are the only team they’ve beaten this season when allowing two goals, the situation soon becomes disastrous.

Stoke aren’t the most ravenous in front of goal, scoring above two goals in only one league game in 2013/14, but they remain an excellent price to avoid defeat when they take on Liverpool.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date



James Middleton