Liverpool v Stoke Saturday 28th April, 12:30 Live on Sky Sports
Liverpool on a high from Tuesday night
Liverpool became only the second team to score five goals in a Champions League semi-final match as another Mohamed Salah masterclass helped the Reds to a 5-2 first leg triumph over Roma on Tuesday. The Egyptian notched twice before Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino gave the Merseysiders a five-goal lead.
For an hour Jurgen Klopp's charges were sublime as they repeatedly breached the visitors' naively high defensive line and could have scored eight or nine goals. However, Liverpool's boss was visibly frustrated after seeing his side ship two late away goals to give the Italians a glimmer of hope for the second leg.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a nasty looking knee injury and will therefore miss out here and with Klopp having rested and rotated his pack before last weekend's Premier League game at West Brom, similar changes are anticipated for Saturday. Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne are both in contention to start.
Stoke fighting for survival
Stoke manager Paul Lambert has refused to write off their Premier League survival prospects after a frustrating 1-1 home draw with Burnley left the Potters four points from a position of safety with three matches to play.
City had looked set for victory when Badou Ndiaye saw his deflected strike find the back of the net. However, Mame Biram Diouf spurned a glorious opportunity to double Stoke's advantage and Stephen Ireland clipped a post. Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland also made a string of saves in a more open second-half.
Lambert had set his team a target of winning three of their final four Premier League games but the Stoke boss remains positive having seen good performances against Spurs and West Ham not necessarily materialising into points. Kostas Stafylidis and Eric Choupo-Motingare their only absentees.
Reds expected to run riot
Liverpool1.30 were unable to hold onto a two-goal lead at West Brom last weekend but at Anfield the Reds have proved almost unstoppable. The Merseysiders remain unbeaten in 17 Premier League outings on home soil, winning seven of their past eight.
Jurgen Klopp's troops have won 'to nil' in seven of nine unbeaten encounters when welcoming bottom-half teams, with six of those showdowns seeing Liverpool triumph by three goals or more. Nevertheless, the Reds are expected to make major changes to their starting XI that may affect their fluency.
Despite a couple of encouraging performances, Stoke12.50 are without a win in 11 matches (W0-D6-L5), their joint-longest run without a victory in the Premier League. The Potters have lost all six trips to teams occupying the top-seven positions, failing to score in four of those defeats.
The visitors have been beaten in all bar four of their previous 17 away days at Big Six sides and with Paul Lambert's men struggling for goals, backing a 2-0 7.60 and 3-0 [9.20] home win in the Correct Scoremarket appeals a the prices.
Goals prohibitively priced
A healthy 14 of Liverpool's past 18 Premier League outings have featured Over 2.5 Goals1.52 although the odds-makers have made punting a repeat prohibitive. With only three of their nine games when hosting bottom-half teams featuring four or more goals, there's no major urge to back a goal-heavy game.
Stoke have fired blanks in four of their last seven games as guests and haven't netted more than a single strike in any of their last 11 home or away encounters so there might be mileage in opposing goals with Under 2.5 Goals available to support at 2.58.
Back Liverpool to win 2-0 @ 7.60 in Liverpool v Stoke
Back Liverpool to win 3-0 @ 9.20 in Liverpool v Stoke