Liverpool vs Stoke City
FA Cup 6th Round
Sunday, 18th March 2012; 4pm (ITV1)
Liverpool are 1.4 shots to beat Stoke in their FA Cup quarter-final at Anfield today (4pm KO, Live on ITV1) and everything suggests that they are worthy odds-on shots to beat Tony Pulis’s side.
There have been 125 previous matches between these clubs. Liverpool have won 63 of them, Stoke 28, with a share of the spoils in 34.
This will be the fourth meeting this season. Stoke won their home Premier League fixture 1-0 and the sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield. In between, the Reds knocked the Potters out of the Carling Cup.
Liverpool have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight FA Cup sixth round games at Anfield – including replays – whereas their opponents have never managed to keep a clean sheet in a sixth round game of this competition.
The Reds have also won all four previous FA Cup ties against the Potters, although two of those victories came after a replay.
The Carling Cup winners also come into this on the back of beating Everton 3-0 in the Merseyside Derby on Tuesday, and manager Kenny Dalglish is likely to call on the services of Craig Bellamy this afternoon after he missed that game.
The Welshman has had a terrific season and is the type of player that thrives on this type of stage.
The Uruguayan is a 5 shot with Betfred to net first, and 2.2 with the same firm to find the back of the net during the 90 minutes.
Both those prices look good value, and he will be carrying my cash to fire Liverpool to what should be a comfortable victory.