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Liverpool hosts liverwire Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday. Full points would be worth gold for Liverpool as it continues its battle to reclaim its spot in the top four of the Premier League.
Stoke has stood up to Liverpool twice over recent seasons, taking two wins to Liverpool’s five while three matches ended with level scores. Both of Stoke’s victories were secured at home.
Stoke last visited Anfield in February of 2011, losing 2-0 to Liverpool in that outing.
Liverpool are on a decent run of form coming into this fixture, with three wins, a draw and a loss from their last five matches. Their single loss was to Man City, and was avenged in the midweek with a victory over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the League Cup.
Liverpool have scored 10 goals in their last five matches, with this stat boosted by a 5-1 win over Oldham in the FA Cup last weekend. Defence needs some tuning, with 6 goals let in during this time.
Stoke City, meanwhile, is on a four match unbeaten streak, and like Liverpool has conceded its only loss in the last five games to Manchester City. The club comes into Saturday’s fixture on the back of consecutive wins against Blackburn Rovers and Gillingham in the FA Cup.
Stoke’s strikers have rediscovered some form up front in their last three mathes, scoring 7 goals after going two matches without scoring. Defence has been poor during recent weeks, letting in 7 goals in five games.
Stoke hasn’t done well against top rated teams in the Premiership while playing away this season, and has suffered several heavy away defeats. Meanwhile, Liverpool are never easy to beat at Anfield, and have both the form and confidence to take this match.
We back Liverpool to win the game, but believe that best value can be found in the over/under betting markets. With both defences slightly off colour, and both attacks capable of putting goals on the board, our Liverpool vs. Stoke City betting tip is to back over 2.75 goals being scored in this match.
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