Stoke v Liverpool Betting Predictions | Back a Draw at 12/5 with CoralPublished April 6, 2017
Liverpool’s season has followed a pattern throughout. Very few doubted they would overcome Everton at Anfield last weekend, but similarly not many were surprised at their draw with Bournemouth on Wednesday either.
The Reds have very few issues maintaining performances and getting results against the bigger teams in the Premier League, but have struggled against lesser sides. The Bet365 Stadium is a tough place to go for most teams, but Liverpool have struggled a lot in the Potteries. Mark Hughes’ side are inconsistent themselves, but are in a similar mould to the teams Liverpool have failed to match at times this campaign.
Liverpool have not won a league game without Sadio Mané in their starting XI all season— Frank Mensah (@frankewusi123) April 6, 2017
Stoke have reverted to playing a more direct style under Hughes this season, having previously shown signs of improving the style of play under Tony Pulis. They are a more balanced team now, but should look to play directly up to Peter Crouch in attack to negate the high press of Liverpool.
Too often in away games against mid-table and bottom half teams have Liverpool not played to the same levels of intensity as in home games against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City. That intensity is what allows them to play a single pivot in midfield without a recognised defensive player. When they control the play, the movement of the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, coupled with the energy of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane, is too much for the opposition.
Roberto Firmino, if he is playing up front, will drop in to add another option, while Divock Origi will look to stretch the defence by getting in behind.
Jordan Henderson’s continued absence means they struggle to gain control of the tempo, while Adam Lallana’s injury takes one pressing player away. This means Stoke’s midfield will remain solid with Charlie Adam and Geoff Cameron able to play under less pressure.
Another option for Hughes is to continue with Saido Berahino in attack. Should that midfield pair breach the press, suddenly Joe Allen and Marko Arnautovic will find themselves running at a high defensive line with a pacey attacker in front of them.
Either way, Liverpool must be on top of their game. Recent results and injury problems suggest Stoke have a very good chance of snatching something here. Take advantage of this Coral price and free bet for Premier League.