Author: Darren Moore
Published: 11:59 25/12/2016
Was Liverpool’s derby win the stuff of champions? Jurgen Klopp’s side refused to take a point from Goodison Park on another Monday Night Football dud. Everton barely attacked in the second half and it was left to Liverpool to come up with goalmouth action for the desperate Sky Sports cameras. They delivered in the 94th minute when Sadio Mane tapped the ball into an empty net after Daniel Sturridge’s gentle shot bounced off the post. Cue wild celebrations.
It means that the Reds stay within touching distance of Chelsea. If you want to call six points touching distance. How long is a point? How far away is a point? They always seem close at hand for Liverpool when they’re playing at Anfield. They’ve made the venue a fortress in recent months and if it wasn’t for a Loris Karius horror show, would have won against West Ham.
Klopp will be confident that his side can dispose of the Potters when they come a-calling on Tuesday night. He’s already beaten Mark Hughes in the league in 2016 when his side battered Stoke 4-1 at Anfield. With confidence flowing through their veins, we can see a big win here too.
It must be said, Stoke’s record away from home is decent. They’ve only lost one of their last five games on the road. That includes wins at Hull and Watford and draws at West Ham and Manchester United. Having scuppered a very winnable scenario when they were two goals up against ten-man Leicester, we at Free Bets feel it could be a bit of a wait before they’re next win.
Liverpool predicted XI: Mignolet, Klavan, Lovren, Clyne, Milner, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Henderson, Firmino, Mané, Origi
Stoke predicted XI: Grant, Pieters, Johnson, Muniesa, Martins Indi, Whelan, Allen, Shaqiri, Imbula, Arnautović, Diouf
Tip: Liverpool and over 2.5 goals @ 4/5 with Betstars