Stoke v Liverpool: Goal frenzy unlikely

we should see two relatively strong starting line-ups this Wednesday evening

Stoke City host Liverpool at The Britannia Stadium, in a midweek 4th round Carling Cup tie that really is a tough game to call and could easily go either way.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis will be happy to have both Jermaine Pennant and Danny Higginbotham back in his squad, but both may have to settle for a place on The Potters bench. Pennant has missed his side’s last few games as he suffered from a recurring hamstring injury, whilst Higginbotham has been out since early April after an anterior cruciate ligament injury resulted in a premature end to his 2010/11 season.

Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish also has no new injury problems with his squad, his only absentees being Alexander Doni (dislocated finger) and young Jack Robinson (ankle injury).

With Liverpool having no European football to worry about this season, and Tony Pulis taking every competition and match as serious as his next, we should see two relatively strong starting line-ups this Wednesday evening. With both sides also entering the match on the back of poor results at the weekend, both camps will be looking to bounce back with a victory.

Results in recent meetings suggest that Liverpool could be in for a torrid time on Wednesday. Stoke have recorded victory in their last two home games against the men from Merseyside, with Liverpool only scoring one goal in their last four visits to the Britannia Stadium. However, Liverpool’s last away win against Stoke was almost 11 years ago, but coincidently came in the 4th round of the League Cup, where Liverpool claimed an impressive 0-8 rout - I doubt there will be a repeat of that this time round, but then again this season has thrown us some crazy results.

Stoke have a great record at home, regardless who they play, and have caused some upsets in recent years.  Although a Stoke victory on Wednesday evening would not go unnoticed, it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise result.

The one thing I am confident of is that this game will produce few goals. Stoke’s main threat will come from set pieces, so look out for one of their towering centre-backs getting on the scoresheet. If Liverpool are to progress from this tough tie, I think they may have to rely on using pace to their advantage, and with a certain Mr Bellamy grabbing himself a goal against Norwich on Saturday, he will probably start here. Making him a great candidate to open the scoring at betting odds of 13/2.

So, although the biggest chance of seeing any fireworks in this game is if Mario Balotelli decides to attend on a scouting mission, there is still money to be made.

Recommended Bets:

Back Bellamy to score first @ 13/2 with Bet365

Back Upson to score anytime @ 12/1 with Bet365

Back less than 2.5 goals @ 8/11 with Bet365



Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 25/10/2011 - 09:22 AM
Filed in:- Arsenal 16/1 to win all their group stage matches, Stoke, Liverpool