Stoke City v Liverpool: Attacks to thrive against substandard defences in thriller at bet365 stadium

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Shaun Botterill
With both teams looking less than sturdy at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects plenty of goalmouth action when the Reds take on Hughes' men

After being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea at the weekend, Liverpool will be eager to get back to winning ways when they travel to the Bet365 Stadium to take to Stoke City on Wednesday.

That stalemate ended a run of three consecutive Premier League victories for the Reds, who are on offer at 4/7 (1.57) with Betfair Sportsbook to return to form by coming out on top in this one.

Meanwhile, Mark Hughes’ men have won just twice in 12 fixtures after losing at bottom club Crystal Palace on Saturday and are priced at 5/1 (6.00) to pull off a shock victory here.

Xherdan Shaqiri Stoke City

None of the last 11 encounters between these sides have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 7/2 (4.50) on them cancelling each other out on this occasion.

Although a draw against the champions is hardly a poor result, Jurgen Klopp will have been disappointed to see his side concede an equaliser late on just days after they threw away a three-goal lead in Seville.

While this fragility at the back has rarely been present at Anfield this season, Klopp’s team have conceded in all six of their away matches in the league - letting in a league high 16 goals in that run.

Stoke Liverpool graphic

Having found the net in all but two of their 13 league matches so far this campaign, the Potters will definitely fancy their chances of putting the suspect visiting defence to the test in this clash.

However, considering only Everton have conceded more than the 26 goals the hosts have let in themselves so far in the league, a free-scoring game looks likely at both ends of the pitch.

All in all, odds of 31/20 (2.55) are not to be missed on over 3.5 goals being scored for Liverpool’s seventh league game in eight on the road, as well as a third match in four for Stoke.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Over 3.5 goals at 31/20 (2.55) for a 1.5pt stake with Betfair

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