The first piece of silverware in English football will be handed out at the end of next month. The Capital One Cup (you know, the one most teams don’t really care about) final is on the 28th, and the semi-finals begin on Tuesday with Liverpool heading to a cold wet windy Stoke.
The Potters have been in patchy form. They’ve notched up wins over Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City so far in the league, as well as knocking out what were then Jose Mourinho’s side earlier in the competition. But they were haunted by former boss Tony Pulis at the weekend, losing 2-1. They’ve only lost once at home since October
Liverpool aren’t exactly shining either, despite being taken over by the best manager in the history of football ever (ask their fans!). They’ve shown sparkles of form, beating Man City, Chelsea and Leicester. But for every good performance, there’s been a poor one, the latest of which came on Saturday, as they were dominated by Slaven Bilic’s West Ham.
There are no away goals (unless it goes to extra time, then it gets confusing), and while Liverpool will want to keep a clean sheet, it’s a lot easier said than done against Stoke.
- The Potteries have seven goals in their last three games
- Liverpool have won on three of their last five visits to the Brittania
- These sides have met four times in the League Cup, including once in the Semi Finals
- Liverpool have won all four, including an 8-0 in 2001, Stoke’s record defeat.
Liverpool looked in disarray against Andy Carroll and Antonio. They could have bother with Bojan, Arnautovic and Shaqiri, and not to mention the beast in the picture. They dismantled Everton two weeks ago. I think they’ll do it to the other Merseyside club. Stoke to win to nil is my tip at .
But Klopp dealt well with ‘cold wed Tuesdays‘ in Germany with Dortmund, and Liverpool’s inconsistency would suggest a good performance. The -1 handicap is . Over 2.5 goals is , both teams to score is , while if you believe in lightning striking twice, have this bet – Stoke 6-1 Liverpool at