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Friday, 19 September 2008

Liverpool vs Stoke City: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - previews and predictions

After a great result against Manchester United at the weekend, the return of Torres and Gerrard (Liverpool's very own Batman and Robin) and a satisfying away win in the Champions League there is little to quibble about at Anfield.  So for the fixture computer to throw up a home game against a promoted side after such a tough week was icing on the cake.  Liverpool have started to pick up pace after a sluggish start and with Man United struggling surely this season will witness that long awaited title challenge.

Stoke have quickly settled into 19th place in the division but will be encouraged by the battling defeats against Everton and Middlesbrough; in fact Everton were made to look very ordinary at times towards the end as they struggled to break clear whenever Stoke put a long throw into the box.  Stoke's ability to get goals from set-pieces will be crucial in their bid to stay up.  No-one will give a cat-in-hells chance of a Stoke result here, but Stoke has scored in every match so far this season and if they can avoid conceding (again Stoke has conceded in every match this season) for any length of time they have a sluggers chance from the set-pieces that will inevitably come their way.

Liverpool start as massive favourites for this one.

Liverpool vs Stoke City; Kick Off 3:00pm, 20 Sep 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 4 - 1
Dave Blackburn : 3 - 0
Sue Gardener : 2 - 0
Chris Goodwin : 3 - 1
Paul Grech (sqf) : 0 - 0
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 5 - 1
Hugh Larkin (sqf) :  TBC
Peter Lee : 3 - 0
Don McMahon : 3 - 0
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 3 - 1
Stephen Orford (sqf) : TBC
Tony Ratton : 3 - 1
Peter Rendle : TBC
Dan Taylor : 3 - 1
Andy Wakeman : 3 - 0
Isaac Williams : 3 - 0
Mark Williams : 2 - 0

Panel Verdict
An overwhelming home banker.

Home: 13; Draw: 1; Away: 0; TBC: 3;

Spread Betting
It's a temptation to go each-way on Torres and Gerrard - as one is almost certain to score.  But the team is now so desperate for Robbie Keane to score that I reckon that he might be offered several excellent chances - and he is too good a player to keep missing.  Also he offers good value in a match against a Stoke side that battle hard but defend naively.

Example: 3pt buy Keane goal minutes at 26
No goals: you lose 78pts
Keane scores after 45 minutes: You win 57pts
Keane scores after 30 and 60 minutes: You win 192pts
Keane scores after 30, 60 and 90 minutes: You win 462pts
and so on

* Do we have it right, or do you know better?  Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!



PAUL GRECH........0-0 ??.....Let's hear your comments after the match....please Paul,.....Obviously a ManU supporter...AND, it still


YNWA - predictions can be a bit tricky, huh? So can counting your points before you've won them!

Paul Grech

@YNWA: Erm...can I gloat now?

PS - Not that I need to justify anything but I'm not a United fan.

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