Liverpool’s myriad defensive frailties means there has never been a better time for Stoke to score their first Premier League goal at Anfield.
With the Reds winless in five, few will be willing to fork out on their 18/25 favouritism for the clash, while the 7/2 about Mark Hughes’ men prevailing looks too short given their obvious issues at this venue.
We’re presented with quite the match-betting conundrum here, though there’s no need to panic, for a simple solution to our situation can be found with a quick detour to the handicap markets.
Stoke can be backed to prevail with a one-goal head start at a very reasonable 21/20 and, if they can rustle the hosts’ net for the first time in the Premier League just once, they stand an excellent chance of getting it.
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These reasons say it’s a winner.
Those to have backed against Liverpool in this field of late are much wealthier these days.
In total, this bet would’ve landed on a jaw-dropping 11 of the last 14 matches to involve Brendan Rodgers’ charges, who haven’t won a single game across this spell when the opponent has been granted a one-goal start.
Five of Stoke’s seven away outings this season would have also rewarded those to have made the wager in question.
The Reds’ toils in the final third mean the travelling party may well only need to bag once.
In half of their home matches the Anfielders have scored one goal or fewer, while they’ve not struck three times all campaign long.
The Potters may have kept just one clean sheet on the road so far, but they’ve restricted four of their seven adversaries to one goal or fewer.
Surprisingly, this is a bet that commonly lands when the pair do battle on the red half of Merseyside.
Stoke may never have found the net here in six Premier League meetings, but they’ve still ensured three plus-one handicap punts have landed.
Having only conceded once on their last visit, a single would’ve also seen backers in the money so have faith in the visitors here.