Liverpool v Stoke Betting Preview | 28th April
In our Liverpool vs Stoke betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for this weekend’s Premier League battle.
Liverpool v Stoke Betting Preview
Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
Stoke City’s stay in the Premier League looks very close to coming to an end with just three games of the season remaining. They sit four points adrift of Swansea City and are running out of options for wins after letting their lead slip last time out against Burnley. They travel to one of the in-form sides in Europe this weekend in Liverpool, who have not lost a home league game all season.
Liverpool’s top four hopes remain strong with just three games to go in the season, but they still need to pick up a few more points to be safe. They play Chelsea, who currently sit eight points behind them, next in the league so will want a win here to ease the pressure off them in that game. Jurgen Klopp will rightly have an eye-on Wednesday’s huge second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Roma, so a few key players could be given rests.
Stoke have had an awful season with just six wins all campaign and they have not won a game since January. Their form has failed to improve, and they are showing all the signs of a relegated side. They travel to a stadium that they have not won at in the league since 1959 and have been beaten in their last four visits to Anfield. Their only victory at Anfield came in the league cup semi final second leg back in 2016, which they went on to be beaten on penalties.
Stoke have failed to win any of their previous 12 league away games and have won just one away game all season, against Watford back in October last year. Liverpool’s home form this season has been extremely impressive, their only defeat coming in the FA Cup against West Brom in January. Mo Salah is expected to start again here a long side Roberto Firmino and Danny Ings, which looks a very difficult proposition for the away side.
The Reds have scored at least two goals in eight consecutive home league games and have scored three or more in five of those. They have kept three clean sheets in a row at home and given Stoke have kept just one clean sheet in their last 10 league games and have failed to score more than one in 15 of their last 16 Premier League games. Those two facts alone suggest Stoke will have to pull of a small miracle to take anything from this game on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp will again have his sights on the Champions League semi-final second leg on Wednesday when planning his team here. He is without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the rest of the season and Sadio Mane is likely to miss this game after taking a knock midweek.
Liverpool are still without the likes of Joel Matip, Adam Lallana and Emre Can. The likes of Danny Ings, Ragnar Klavan, Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez are likely to be given starts.
Paul Lambert is unlikely to have any of his injured players return this weekend and the side will be similar to the one that drew with Burnley. Glen Johnson and Konstantinos Stafylidis are unlikely to feature, whilst Kevin Wimmer, Choupo Moting and Lee Grant are all out injured long-term.
Potential Liverpool Starting XI: Karius; Gomez, Van Dijk, Klavan; Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Moreno; Salah, Firmino, Ings
Potential Stoke City Starting XI: Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Indi, Pieters; Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye, Bauer; Crouch, Diouf
Head To Head
- Liverpool have won the last five Premier League meetings.
- Stoke have beaten Liverpool just four times since joining the league in 2008.
Stats & Facts
- Liverpool are un-beaten in their last 19 home league matches.
- Liverpool have seen over 2.5 goals in their last four matches against Stoke.
- Stoke have failed to win any of their last 12 away league games.
Liverpool – 1/3 Draw – 49/10 Stoke – 10/1
- Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals – 4/5
- Liverpool to score in both halves – 10/11
- Danny Ings to score and Liverpool to win – 5/4