The semifinals of the Capital One Cup will begin this Tuesday, January 5th when Stoke City host Liverpool at Britannia Stadium at 20:00.
This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams in the League Cup and the Reds have dominated the series with four wins and one draw. The last meeting was 15 years ago when they trashed the Potters 8-0 with a hat-trick from Robbie Fowler.
Stoke City’s only game with no defeat versus the Reds in this tournament was in 1991 as they tied 2-2 at Anfield. Liverpool have the lead in all competitions with 68 wins and 35 draws in 133 games played.
In the English League Cup Tips Stoke v Liverpool, the Reds won in their last visit to Britannia Stadium five months ago by 1-0 thanks to a score from Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho with four minutes left on the clock.
Despite being on the road, Liverpool are favorite to get the victory in this game. They are listed with 2.52 League Cup Odds, while Stoke City are with 3.12 and the draw is with 3.36.
The Reds, who eliminated Southampton in the previous round, come to this game after losing last weekend by 2-0 against West Ham on the road with goals from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll. With that defeat, they finished a two winning game streak in the league.
The team led by German manager Jurgen Klopp is located in the eighth place in the English Premier League with 30 points, 12 away from the leader (Arsenal). They have won four of the 11 games played away from home.
The Potters defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the quarterfinals and are in the semifinals for the first time since the 1972-73 season when they won the tournament. They also come to this match after falling last weekend in the local tournament, as they lost 2-1 to West Brom away from home.
Mark Hughes’ team is in the tenth spot on the league table with 29 points, only one behind the Reds. They have won four of the nine matches played in their pitch and are the fourth best defense at home with nine goals allowed.
Liverpool are rated at online sportsbook Bodog with 4.0 Odds to win this game by one goal and with 4.5 to do it by two or more. Stoke City are rated at 4.33 to get the victory by the minimum difference and the score draw is with 4.35. The Potters have scored at least three goals in three of their last four meetings at home versus the Reds.
English striker Daniel Sturridge is the favorite to score the first goal in this match and he is listed with 6.0 Odds. He is followed by Cristian Benteke with 6.5 and Divock Origi with 7.5. A game with no goals is at 8.5.
Despite they have struggled to score in their last four meetings, take Liverpool to win this game by one goal. The Reds lifted the Cup four years ago and are the team with most titles in this tournament with eight, three more than any other club.