Stoke City vs. Liverpool: Pick Potters +240 & Bank Straightforward Cash

Nikki Adams

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 7:23 PM GMT

Can the improving Potters open the season by springing a surprise on the Reds when they collide on Sunday,Here’s a preview complete with predictions and soccer picks.

Stoke City Look To Go A Step Further
Mark Hughes has nudged the Potters into the top half of the table over his tenure with back-to-back ninth place finishes. The challenge now: to take the Potters even higher up the table, possibly inside the top six, which is a soccer bet currently trading on the Premier League odds board at +1200 odds at Bet365.

The Potters finished ninth behind a 15-9-14 mark and 54 points. They were just two points behind eighth-placed Swansea City, six points behind seventh-placed Southampton and eight points behind sixth-placed Liverpool. Just a handful of games going their way would have been the difference between a positive finish and a meaningful spot with ensuing European spots. One has to consider it’s possible, even if it does seem improbable right now.

Consistency was an issue last season. One day, the Potters lose to the likes of Leicester, Aston Villa, Burnley and Sunderland. Another day they are overcoming the likes of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham. Then finishing the season with a 6-1 drumming over Liverpool.

During the offseason, the Potters have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer window. They’ve shored up on loads of positions, but it remains to be seen whether that will translate into quantifiable results on the pitch.

 

Liverpool Pilfer Southampton Again
Last season, Liverpool raided Southampton’s locker room in the summer transfer window to no avail. The Reds were unable to replicate their standout 2013-2014 season, in which they threatened for the title on several occasions before Manchester City emerged champions. Naturally, the obvious thing to do is to brazenly pilfer Southampton’s locker room once again. That’s either pig-headedness or spectacularly brave.

A year after being celebrated as the man who orchestrated Liverpool’s renaissance, Brendan Rodgers is under the cosh. The account of last season was largely forgettable, with the evisceration by the “mighty” Potters on the last day such an embarrassment that it’s really a wonder he still has a job. It’s not without some irony that the opening round as Rodgers and the Reds headed to the Pottery, the very place where they were laid to waste on May 24.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
It’s a new season and odds makers have chosen to wipe the slate clean. Instead of putting any stock in Stoke City’s brilliant win at Britannia Stadium over Liverpool on the final day of term, they’ve reverted to established preconceived notions about the Premier League hierarchy, giving credence to the “Haves” over the “Have Nots.”

Hence, Liverpool are trading as the favorites at +110 soccer odds to win outright, while the hosts are matched at rather disingenuous +240 soccer odds to win outright, as is the draw result too. This is an understandable move, common across sports betting platforms when a new season is on the horizon and expectations run high. For soccer bettors though that are buying what Stoke City are selling, this could be a great opportunity to bank on some straightforward cash. In fact, we think it’s worth the tickle on our soccer picks as the Pottery will be hopping with enthusiastic fans and the Potters are sure to be confident after the way they beat the Reds last season.

Soccer Picks: Stoke City +240 to win at Bet365

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