Potters go to Pieces against Premier League Powers

Liverpool beat Stoke 4-1 earlier in the season.

Liverpool blotted one’s English Premier League copybook in the midweek round but one is willing to give another chance to the Reds when they visit 12th-placed Stoke on Saturday.

With 36 points in the bank, Stoke’s English Premier League season is all but over – the Potters cannot qualify for a UEFA competition and they may not require any additional wins or draws to avoid relegation. Stoke has earned its position on the English Premier League ladder by beating most of the teams below it while struggling to get the better of any of the sides above halfway – the Potters are 7-2-3 against lower ranked opponents and 2-7-10 versus higher ranked ones. It is clear for all to see that Stoke is not worthy of a place in the English Premier League top 10.

Infuriatingly for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, the Reds keep dropping points to English Premier League lightweights, with Bournemouth being the latest lowly placed teams to get more than for what it has bargained against them. Liverpool is 9-6-0 versus sides in the English Premier League top 10 compared to 8-3-5 against the other 10 teams. It is the second set of numbers that is stopping Liverpool chasing Chelsea in the English Premier League title race.

According to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, Liverpool holds a 13-1-5 edge over Stoke and the reverse fixture between the Reds and the Potters resulted in a 4-1 home win for Klopp’s men. Stoke has leaked four goals in five of its seven English Premier League matches versus the top four sides – Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City. If that is not an alarming statistic for Stoke fans, including Bet365’s owners, one does not what is.

Betfair is offering odds of -105  about Liverpool defeating Stoke and strengthening its claim one of the English Premier League’s four UEFA Champions League spots.

Hull has copped more than its fair share of English Premier League hammerings at the division’s leading teams and one would forgive the Tigers for targeting easier games than their visit to fourth-placed Manchester City on Saturday.

Away from home, Hull boasts the English Premier League’s worst attack, worst defence and second worst record of 1-2-12. Hull has lost by at least two-goal margins at Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton, West Bromwich, Leicester, Bournemouth and Sunderland so its English Premier League road numbers are awful, plus the Tigers slumped to a 0-3 home loss when Manchester City visited them on Boxing Day. For Hull to remain in the English Premier League, it is going to need to topple the likes of Stoke, Crystal Palace and Sunderland in its last seven fixtures because it is not in Manchester City’s class.

Manchester City enjoys a 14-2-3 lead over Hull according to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis and one cannot see the Tigers putting up a fight, particularly if the Citizens break the deadlock early. Odds of -149  are available with Coral and Paddy Power about Manchester City leading Hull at both half time and full time.

One does not know who West Bromwich has offended for it to be underdog odds at home to Southampton in another of Saturday’s English Premier League matches. West Bromwich is one rung and seven points above Southampton on the English Premier League ladder and December’s reverse fixture ended 2-1 in favour of the Baggies. Furthermore, according to one’s English Premier League collateral form analysis, West Bromwich boasts a 7-6-6 advantage over Southampton so the Baggies are overpriced at odds of -167  with Bet365 not to lose to the Saints in the battle between eighth and ninth.

Tips Summary

Liverpool to beat Stoke
Saturday 8th April, 15:00 BST
Odds:  -105

Man City HT/FT double result
Saturday 8th April, 15:00 BST
Odds:  -149

West Brom or Draw double chance
Saturday 8th April, 15:00 BST
Odds:  -167

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