Stoke City vs Liverpool
Stoke have signed a good bunch of players leading up into this season that has helped them strengthen and give experience such as Glen Johnson, Joselu, Ibrahim Afellay, Sergio Molina, Shay Given, van Ginkel. They still retain a core of their players who performed well last season to help to a 9th place finish last year such as Adam, Bojan, Walters, Diouf, Ireland, Arnautovic among others who will continue delivering a strong performance for the coming season. Mark Hughes has made the Britannia Stadium some what of a fortress and had a better home record than several big teams like Swansea, West Ham, Everton, West Brom etc. Stoke are intact really good on the offensive end especially at home with only Chelsea keeping them to a clean sheet in the whole of last campaign.
Liverpool have strengthened their lineup with a bunch of attacking signings such as Firmino, Benteke, Ings, Milner as well as Clyne. Those signings help them to resolve their issue of scoring goals an creating chances while going forwards; however with lack of any new defensive signings, its still leaves them vulnerable towards conceding, much like they did when they conceded 6 at the end of the campaign.
Liverpool did not face any major opposition during their pre-season tour and despite that they conceded goals against average opposition like Swindon Town, Malayasian All Stars and Brisbane Roar. As ever Skrtel, Loveren & Mignolet should start off on the defensive end but they have showed last year that they are vulnerable especially at set pieces where Stoke City tend to grab a lot of their goals.
For this price of 1.85, it should be a relative banker for both of these teams to score in this encounter.
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