Liverpool know they could make their way into the top four with a win against Stoke at bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night, while the home side know they’re in desperate need of three points to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Stoke suffered the indignation of a late Crystal Palace comeback last weekend, with the 2-1 defeat their sixth of the season. They haven’t taken all three points since a 1-0 win over Watford at the end of October.
The visitors come into this one after Willian’s goal snatched a 1-1 draw for Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, but Liverpool are undefeated in their last six matches in all competitions.
|Game||Stoke vs Liverpool|
|Date||Wednesday, November 29|
|Time||20:00 GMT / 15:00 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will not be available to watch live on television or by stream.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television, but can be watched by stream via NBC Sports Gold.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|None||NBC Sports Gold|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Butland, Grant, Haugaard|
|Defenders||Pieters, Wimmer, Johnson, Cameron, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Zouma, Edwards, Tymon|
|Midfielders||Allen, Afellay, Adam, Shaqiri, Fletcher, Ireland, Sobhi, Verlinden, Jese|
|Forwards||Berahino, Choupo-Moting, Diouf, Crouch, Ngoy|
Stoke remain without goalkeeper Jack Butland (broken finger) and will likely also miss defender Geoff Cameron (concussion), while Stephen Ireland remains out indefinitely with a broken leg.
There will almost certainly be changes from the side which was beaten by Crystal Palace last weekend, with Mark Hughes perhaps favouring the experience of Peter Crouch against the striker’s former club.
Potential starting XI: Grant; Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer, Pieters; Fletcher, Allen, Sobhi Jese, Shaqiri; Crouch.
|Goalkeepers||Karius, Mignolet, Ward|
|Defenders||Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Clyne, Flanagan, Alexander-Arnold|
|Midfielders||Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Coutinho, Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Markovic, Ejaria, Wilson, Lallana|
|Forwards||Firmino, Sturridge, Ings, Solanke, Woodburn|
Dejan Lovren (back) and Emre Can (knee) are both in doubt for Wednesday night’s match, while Nathaniel Clyne will continue to miss out with a back injury.
After being left out of Saturday evening’s draw with Chelsea, Sadio Mane may come into the starting side for Daniel Sturridge. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also make way for Roberto Firmino.
Potential starting XI: Mignolet; Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Coutinho; Mane, Salah, Firmino.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
The home side are 5/1 to win this one, according to dabblebet, while free-scoring Liverpool come to the bet365 Stadium as 8/15 favourites.
With Jurgen Klopp’s side scoring three or more goals on ten occasions so far this season, it is 11/8 for over 3.5 goals. League leading goalscorer Mo Salah is 16/5 to score the first goal, while Choupo-Moting is 15/2 for the home side.
The goal-scoring ability Liverpool possess at present is a worry for almost any team; last weekend’s draw with Chelsea was the first time they’ve been restricted to a goal or less since the middle of October.
Mo Salah is undoubtedly the danger man for the Reds, his tricky feet and turn of pace helping propel him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with ten goals so far this campaign.
The home side would be unwise to focus on just the Egyptian, though, as Coutinho can score from anywhere around the edge of the area, and the likes of Firmino and Mane are more than capable of goals should they get a start on Wednesday.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes signalled there may be changes in order to combat Liverpool’s high-tempo style of play, and strike a balance coming into a busy Christmas period.
The Potters have kept only two clean sheets in the league this season, and have looked leaky against the big sides – Man City knocked seven past them back in October, while Chelsea managed four goals in September.
Worryingly for Hughes, his Stoke side currently sit just three points above the relegation zone. Currently 15th, they could slip down as low as 18th with a loss against Liverpool, but go as high as ninth with a win.