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Stoke City v Liverpool Betting Preview
The late kick-off in the Premier League on Boxing Day sees Liverpool travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City. Two sides play different styles of football, but the table will suggest that they are just as effective as they both sit on 25 points in the top flight.
Stoke are now on an eight game unbeaten run, which Tony Pulis is sure to be delighted about and he will want that to continue this weekend.
They have however, drawn their last three, so all three points is what Pulis will be after. They are always strong at home and fancy their chances against anyone that comes to the Britannia.
Despite their good home record and recent form, Stoke are still considered as the outsiders for this one with the bookmakers as they are at 23/10 with BetVictor, which could prove to be a good bit of value.
The Potters have shown once more what a strong side they are this campaign and don’t look like being in any sort of relegation trouble. Pulis won’t allow any complacency though and knows just how quickly you can slide down the table with a poor run of results.
As for Liverpool, they come into this one on the back of a 4-0 win over Fulham, where they were quite superb for the entire 90 minutes.
Brendan Rodgers would have been delighted with the performances, but now knows that his side have to go on a good run and look to move towards the top four. A bet on the Reds will give you odds of 7/5 with Stan James, so they are the favourites with the bookies.
The team from Merseyside often follow up a great display with a poor one, so what Rodgers is after is a bit of consistency and another victory here.
If the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard continue their good form, then betting on a Liverpool win might prove to be extremely popular.
Bets on the first goal-scorer could be the way to go in this one and it is no surprise that Suarez is the man most likely to break the deadlock at 5/1 with Paddy Power.
You can then back Peter Crouch scoring first at 7/1 with Ladbrokes.
In terms of a recommended bet though, we do fancy Liverpool to sneak a 2-1 win here, which is available 9/1 with Blue Square.
It should be a very interesting 90 minutes of action between two fairly evenly matched outfits. It all gets underway from 7.45PM on Wednesday evening.