Value Hunter: Stoke far too big to surprise Liverpool, so back them to win again

Mark Hughes and Stoke will fancy themselves to beat Liverpool
Mark Hughes and Stoke will fancy themselves to beat Liverpool
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The Value Hunter has had his interest piqued by Liverpool's visit to Stoke on Sunday...

"The Reds have won nine out of 10 at the fortress that is Anfield, but on their travels? Just three wins. Face it, Luis Suarez and co just don't travel very well, and Stoke isn't an easy place to go."

Liverpool head to the Britannia Stadium this afternoon looking to leapfrog Everton and Tottenham and firmly ensconce themselves back in that Premier League top four. Indeed, they're a short odds-on price of just 1.618/13 to put Mark Hughes' Stoke City to the sword.

But are Stoke, at a huge price of 6.86/1, ready to spoil the red procession? Well, there's certainly an argument to be made for it...

Liverpool have lost two of their last three

Yes, those defeats were against Chelsea and Man City and the Reds were unlucky to lose them, but defeats they were nonetheless and they also caused a confidence-shaking drop down the table from top of the league to where they currently sit in sixth.

Liverpool aren't very strong on the road

As swashbuckling as they've been at times, Liverpool suffer from awayitis. Manchester City get pilloried all the time for their away form, but it's better than Liverpool's.

The Reds have won nine out of 10 at the fortress that is Anfield, but on their travels? Just three wins. Face it, Luis Suarez and co just don't travel very well, and Stoke isn't an easy place to go. Which leads me on to...

Stoke are strong at home

Stoke's very Premier League status has hinged on their home form, and this season is no exception. The Potters have lost just once at home this season, and 17 of the 22 points they've won have come at the Britannia Stadium. Mark Hughes' men are also unbeaten in their last seven games at home.

It's not a place that travelling players relish visiting, and it should be a fortress yet again when Brendan Rodgers' men come to town.

And finally...Liverpool haven't won at Stoke in the league for almost 20 years

Ok, so a lot of those results over the years won't mean anything, and Stoke and Liverpool haven't always shared the same division, but last season it was a fairly routine 3-1 Stoke win. In fact, the last five meetings between these two at the Britannia have resulted in three Stoke wins and two draws.

Recommended Bet

Back Stoke to win at 6.86/1
 

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