27th Apr 2018 | Premier League

Stoking The Fire

If the Champions League semi-finalists believe everything they've read above themselves since midweek then they could start with a poor attitude in this one against desperate opponents.

It will look like an act of madness to most who watched the Reds destroy Roma in midweek, but football has a habit of punishing any hint of complacency.

That’s a very real danger for Liverpool if they believe some of the hype they’ve been getting this week but it’s only last weekend that they blew a 2-0 lead against bottom club West Brom,

Stoke have marginally more chance of staying up than the Baggies but they really need to win at Anfield to retain that hope. I don’t think they will, but leading at half-time at best odds of 8/1 with Ladbrokes isn’t out of the question.

The Potters have led 4 away league games at the break and been 0-0 in a further 6 so starting matches has not been their worst attribute. If they start with more intent than their hosts as circumstances suggest possible, a temporary upset could be on the cards.

1pt Stoke to lead at half-time 8/1 with Ladbrokes
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Odds correct at time of publishing: 18:05 27th Apr, 2018 but subject to change