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Liverpool v Stoke: Potters primed for Anfield handicap win

| 28.11.2014

Weaknesses are commonplace in football; every team has got one, even the Chelsea’s and Real Madrid’s of this world.

However, when your Kryptonite happens to be something as routine as any aerial ball into the box, as Liverpool’s evidently is, then you’re in real trouble.

The Reds will be ecstatic then, at the prospect of facing Stoke, the lords of the long ball, next.

Despite their flaws screaming otherwise, Brendan Rodgers’ men assume 4/6 favouritism for the clash, with the Potters on offer at a beefy 4/1 next to the 3/1-rated draw.

An impressive match-betting spread, we’re sure you’ll agree, but if this fails to get the juices coursing first, makes sure you’re not dead, then have a butcher’s at these three alternative punts, the value of which can’t be questioned.

Stoke (+1) to win @ 6/5

Mark Hughes’ men have never scored a Premier League goal at Anfield, but if that doesn’t end this weekend then it never will.

Stoke’s record in away games this season says they’ll snap the streak here, with only one goalkeeper, Southampton’s Fraser Forster, able to stop them scoring on the road.

Meanwhile, the hosts have managed to stop just one guest from calling the scoreboard operator into action.

Should the Potters notch just once, this bet will stand a great chance of landing.

Liverpool have scored more than two on home turf on one occasion since October 4th, while they haven’t fired three or more all season long in front of their own fans.

More goals scored in the first half @ 9/5

Backers of this particular wager have had cause for celebration following several Stoke games of late.

The bulk of the goal-getting was conducted prior to the interval in six of the previous seven outings involving Staffordshire’s finest.

With three of the Reds’ last four comprehending with the trend, such a sizeable price for another instalment is too tempting to refuse.

Under 2.5 goals @ evens

Half of Liverpool’s six Premier League home games so far have seen fewer than three goals bagged, which is true of Stoke’s last six sojourns too.

This, however, is not the inspiration behind this tip.

Our arm was twisted by the fact that all bar one of the six renewals between the duo since the Potters returned to the top-flight for the 2008/09 vintage have fallen on the unders side of the goal line in question.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Middleton