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Liverpool v Stoke City: Potters to struggle to crack Anfield goal drought

| 06.10.2012

Stoke will travel to Anfield believing a win is possible as they face a Liverpool side who have made their worst ever start to a Premier League season.

The Potters will also take heart from their host’s poor home form, with the North West club winning just twice in front of the Kop in 2012 and Tony Pulis’ men are 6/1 to add to those woes.

Brendan Rodgers’ charges will also look to their visitors’ dreadful run away from the Britannia – Stoke have failed to win in their last 12 Premier League trips.

Merseyside hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the away side, they have failed to take three points from Anfield in all of their 49 top flight visits and the Reds are 1/2 to inflict another defeat upon them here.

Those expecting a tight affair in this Sunday afternoon clash can get odds of 3/1 on a share of the spoils and with Stoke drawing five of their seven clashes in all competitions this may be an attractive proposition.

Peter Crouch smashed 22 goals in 85 league appearance for Liverpool and he is 8/1 to return to haunt his old club by breaking the deadlock here.

Luis Suarez netted hat-trick last week and has three in his last two against Stoke and is 7/2 to be the first to make the net bulge.

Those expecting goals may be left disappointed by this match-up.

In their eight meetings since Stoke were promoted to the top flight there have only been 11 goals.

The Potters have never scored at Anfield since returning to the big time and have netted just once in 11 away matches at the famous stadium, so odds of 6/5 on Stoke scoring under 0.5 goals should attract some attention.


All odds and markets correct as of publication

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Aaron Cox

Aaron has written for a number of top-level publications, including FourFourTwo and the Manchester Evening News. As well as being a fanatical Rochdale AFC fan and blogger, he shares a passion for rugby league and golf.