Capital One Cup: Stoke City vs Liverpool

Stoke City vs Liverpool Betting Tip and Predictions. In the first leg of the semi-finals of Capital One Cup, Stoke City host Liverpool at The Britannia Stadium. Read below betting preview, useful info and predictions for this game.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Marko Arnautovic (L) of Stoke City celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal with his team mate Joselu (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on December 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 28: Marko Arnautovic (L) of Stoke City celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal with his team mate Joselu (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on December 28, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

In the second semi-finals of this competition Everton will host Manchester City tomorrow.

Stoke City play very solid this season in both competitions. In Premier League they are standing at the middle of the table and they are on a good way to reach their goal this season and finish at the top 10. In the Capital One Cup, they have made very good success, they reached the semi-final and they will do their best in order to qualify in the final. Home side have already showed this season that they are playing very good upfront their supporters and beat very strong teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham. Against the most surprising team they played draw 2-2, while the only team against they lost all points Liverpool 0-1, so they will be fully motivated to revenge them. Good news for Stoke City is that Geoff Cameron, who got the red card in the last Premier League match against West Brom, is available for this game after his three-match suspension withdrawn by An Independent Regulatory Commission after they concluded that referee had made an obvious error.

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Liverpool don’t play impressive this season, but the top 4 is still reachable. The title is far from them and it’s hard to believe that they win the trophy, so they will be very motivated to reach the final and try to win one trophy this season. After two consecutive wins against Leicester 1-0 and Sunderland 0-1, they lost in the last Premier League match against West Ham 2-0. Jürgen Klopp made some positive things in the club, but Liverpool don’t play impressive, so they have to improve their performance in order to get results. Liverpool are not impressive on away ground. They have managed to win only once in their last 5 away matches in all competitions and scored only one goal in the victory against one of the worst Premier League teams – Sunderland.

Stoke City vs Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Home team miss Stephen Ireland (6/0 m), Marc Muniesa (5/0 d) and Shay Given (0/0 gk), while Phil Bardsley (1/0 d) is doubtful. On the other side, visitors will be without Daniel Sturridge (5/2 f), Jordan Henderson (7/1 m), Divock Origi (8/1 f), Martin Skrtel (17/1 d), Jordan Rossiter (1/0 m), Joe Gomez (5/0 d), Danny Ings (5/2 f) and Jon Flanagan (0/0 d), while James Milner (15/2 m) is doubtful.

Stoke City vs Liverpool possible lineups

Stoke City: Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters; Cameron, Whelan, Shaqiri, Walters, Arnautovic; Bojan.
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke.

Stoke City vs Liverpool Prediction

Liverpool are favorites to reach the final, but Stoke City play very good at home and this is their chance to make positive result before the second leg. I expect tough game between Stoke City vs Liverpool and believe that home side could stay unbeaten.

Stoke City vs Liverpool Betting Tip: 1X @ 1.55 (Bet365)

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