Stoke City v Liverpool: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this today's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium
Sunday 12 January 2014
Brendon Rogers will be looking to get Liverpool’s title challenge back on track with successive wins, following a setback over the New Year. While the Red’s home form is remarkable, their away record, only one win in seven, needs to change if they are to compete at the very top.
Stoke meanwhile are without a win in three and a result against the Reds would prevent them slipping towards a relegation battle. They have a trio of former Anfield players fit should they get the nod, with Charlie Adam, Jermaine Pennant and Peter Crouch vying to face their former side.
The Potters will be unable to call upon the services of Oussama Assaidi however, as the Moroccan winger is on loan from Liverpool and therefore cannot face his parent club. The international will be forced to watch from the stands, although he has controversially stated on Stoke’s website that he would be supporting the Potters in the clash.
A win for Liverpool will see them hold off the challenge of their Merseyside rivals Everton who are in fifth, while Stoke could leap into the top half with victory this weekend.
KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4:10pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Liverpool 1 (Sturridge) Stoke 0, Premier League, August 2013
Stoke 3 (Walters 2 Jones) Liverpool 0, Premier League, December 2012
Liverpool 0 Stoke 0, Premier League, October 2012
Liverpool have only won once in their last seven away games.
Luis Suarez has scored more league goals this season than Stoke.
Stoke have not won in three.
Stoke to win: 5.8
Liverpool to win: 1.61
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4:10pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm.
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