Liverpool v Stoke City latest odds, news and free bets

Considering Liverpool have won twice at Stamford Bridge, at the Emirates and Eastlands this season, you might have thought they would be faring better in the Premier League

However, while the Reds’ form on the road has largely been sound, the same cannot be said for the games at Anfield where the Merseyside club have mainly flattered to deceive.

Only four wins have been landed from ten games, although the most recent home game saw Steven Gerrard lift everyone and Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1, with Kenny Dalglish now looking for his team to kick on from Wednesday’s Carling Cup victory against Manchester City.

Liverpool are a best price 4/9 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to stay firmly in the running for a Champions League place with a win, although Luis Suarez continues his eight-game ban and there is a possibility that they could run into a brick wall of Stoke players throughout the match.

An early breakthrough could be key and captain Gerrard is a 5/1 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to open the scoring with the England midfielder committing to the Merseyside club for the rest of his career and beyond.

Stoke have managed four away wins in the Premier League this term and sit just five points behind their opponents in the table. The Potters won the reverse fixture earlier this season by the narrowest of margins, although they were fortunate not to concede at least one penalty in that game.

City are 7/1 for a surprise win at Anfield although a draw (10/3) would be less of a shock considering that Swansea and Norwich are among the clubs who have claimed a point away at Liverpool this season. Peter Crouch will be relishing the chance to go up against Agger and Skrtel, with 10/1 available about the lanky front man.

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