Liverpool 1:0 Stoke City
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 26, 2016, 2:45 PM (EST)|
The Line: Stoke City 3/4 Draw 14/5 Liverpool 4/1
Sky Sports; Bein Sports
Liverpool come into this game of the back of a crazy 5-4 win at the weekend in one of the strangest games of football I have seen where basically neither team defended well and there was just mistake on top of mistake. On Tuesday they face a Stoke defence that generally speaking do not make mistakes but on Saturday they got burnt by the pace of Leicester City. Leicester may be under rated still in terms of what other teams think of them but Mark Hughes men had no answer for Vardy, Mahrez and Okazaki. I think though that Hughes had one eye firmly on this cup tie and I beleive this is Stoke's priority right now. Bojan should return to the line up with Diouf and Walters playing in behind Joselu and this is a team that can trouble a Liverpool backfour that have been terrible of late. Stoke have a big physical side defensively and I think they will handle the threat that Liverpool's forwards provide.
Liverpool ofensively have been excellent at times and Firminho has come into his own of late, he looks a really good buy but I think that Jurgen Klopp needs to find a centre forward to play with him. Benteke could be the answer but the Liverpool manager does not seem o have much trust in the former Villa man. Henderson and Milner are forming a solid partnership in midfield though and Liverpool will be desperate for silverware and this could be their one and only shot at some this season.
Liverpool have the away goal advantage here coming into this game, if they avoid defeat then they will be in the Capital one Cup final. I think that the reds are deserved favourites given that it is in Anfield but I just cant trust a team that is so up and down. Stoke in general have been very consistant this season and they have wins at Everton and Southampton this season. I'm going to take Stoke +1 in the handicap. At worst I think Stoke draw this game and we win out bet.