Since Stoke have been in the Premier League, they have not lost at home to Liverpool, with the Potters securing draws at the Britannia in the 2008/9 and 2009/10 season before beating Roy Hodgson’s team 2-0 last season thanks to goals from Fuller and Jones.
Tony Pulis’ side will be confident of managing at least a point from Saturday’s game against the Reds considering that City have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season and the squad has never been stronger thanks to the arrival of Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios before the closure of the transfer window.
There is an argument that Stoke are worth a bet at 12/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) considering that many of Liverpool’s players will be returning from international duty and we should also note that the Staffordshire side held Chelsea to a goalless draw last month.
It remains to be seen whether Pulis will give Peter Crouch a full debut against his former club although the £10 million man presumably didn’t make the switch from Tottenham to sit on the bench and the lanky striker is a 15/2 chance (William Hill – £25 free betting) to open the scoring against several former team-mates.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have looked in good nick this season, recovering from a disappointing 1-1 draw with Sunderland to beat Bolton and Arsenal. Kenny Dalglish will want to make sure his team aren’t outfought in the midfield area although you can back the Merseyside club at 6/5 to claim another three points.
Perhaps this is a game where Andy Carroll comes to the fore and the England striker will certainly want to silence his critics with Fabio Capello not making things any easier by criticising the player’s lack of form. He is 7/1 to open the scoring for Liverpool.