Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 18 Goals 44 (67)
(20) 12 Assists 28 (46)
(6.6) 6.8 Average Ratings 7 (6.8)
28.5 Average Age 27.6
188.5 Average Height (cm) 183.2
(0.8) 0.7 Shots pg 1.7 (1.4)
(59%) 61% Aerial Duel Success 56% (52%)
(0.3) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.8)
(1.7) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Marc Wilson Out 6.86
Rory Delap Out 5.89
Michael Owen Doubtful 6.13
Player Reason Status Rating
Fabio Borini Out 6.34
Martin Kelly Out 6.46
Oussama Assaidi Doubtful 5.98

Team News

  • Charlie Adam was given compassionate leave following the death of his father and it remains to be seen whether he will feature on Boxing Day.
  • With no fresh injury concerns Tony Pulis may well name the same side to the one that earned a draw at White Hart Lane last time out.
  • Crouch and Jerome will, however, hope for a chance to replace Kenwyne Jones up front.
  • Brendan Rodgers may want to rotate some of his players but after their most comprehensive home display of the season against Fulham he should resist such urges.
  • In that case Stewart Downing will keep his place after netting his first ever league goal for the club in the 4-0 win.
  • Elsewhere Suso and Shelvey should remain in the starting XI, keeping the likes of Allen and Sterling on the sidelines.

Prediction

  • In 9 Premier League meetings between the two teams the away side has only netted once, with each of the last two encounters between Stoke and Liverpool ending 0-0.
  • Stoke have kept more clean sheets than any other team in the league so will prove much harder to crack for Liverpool than Fulham were at the weekend, and this is likely to be a low scoring affair.
  • The Potters will look to hold firm and take advantage of set pieces while Liverpool will continue to play their passing football in a clash of football philosophies.
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