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December 26, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 27490‎

Stoke City - Liverpool Preview: Potters looking to maintain unbeaten home run

Tony Pulis' side clinched their 10th draw of the league season away against Tottenham, while Brendan Rodgers' team smashed Fulham 4-0 at Anfield going into this encounter

By James McManus



Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson
Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique
Henderson, Gerrard, Allen
Downing, Suarez, Sterling

Stoke manager Tony Pulis will be without Rory Delap (hernia) and Marc Wilson (broken leg), while former Anfield favourite Michael Owen will not be available to line up against his former club after failing to overcome a hamstring strain.

Another former Merseyside connection, midfielder Charlie Adam, could also be in doubt after the death of his father last week saw him miss the 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Saturday.

Oussama Assaidi (knee) is the only recent injury concern for Brendan Rodgers and is a doubt after missing the 4-0 win over Fulham. Otherwise, Fabio Borini (broken foot) and Martin Kelly (knee) remain out after long injury lay-offs.

Rogers is expected to continue to rotate after leaving both Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen on the bench for Saturday's game. Stewart Downing will likely retain his place on the left wing after grabbing his first goal and assist for the club since joining 18 months ago.

  • Stoke have kept nine clean sheets in the league games so far this season, more than any other side.
  • The hosts only conceded 13 goals this term - two better than champions Manchester City.
  • The Potters have struggled up the other end of the pitch, though, scoring just 15 times in total.
  • Stoke are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run, with their last defeat coming at the hands of Chris Hughton's Norwich in early November.
  • Luis Suarez's goal for Liverpool against Fulham took his tally to 11 for the season in the Premier League, the exact same amount he managed all last campaign.
  • Stewart Downing's assist and goal against Martin Jol's side was his first in the league for the club in 45 games, since moving to Anfield last summer.
  • At this point last season, Liverpool had 31 points from as many games under Kenny Dalglish, six more than they currently have under Brendan Rodgers.

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