Liverpool has been one of the most aggressive offensive teams in the EPL this season, as they lead the league in shots per game at 19.2. They also have the league's fourth-highest possession rate with 58.3 percent.
The main beneficiary of their attacking style has been Luis Suarez, who is fourth in the EPL with 11 goals. The Uruguayan striker is one of the most dangerous offensive players in the world, and he will look to solve a Stoke City defense that has allowed just two goals in their last six matches.
Thanks in part to that defense, the Potters haven't lost since Nov. 3. They will look to extend their eight-game unbeaten streak on Wednesday.
It's sure to be an exciting game, so make sure you tune in. Here is all the key information you need to know.
When: Wednesday Dec. 26, at 2:45 p.m. ET
Where: Brittania Stadium - Stoke-on-Trent, England
TV Coverage: BBC One
Live Stream: www.foxsoccer2go.com
Players to Watch
Liverpool: Luis Suarez - F
As I mentioned above, Suarez is one of the best goal scorers on the planet. He's an excellent dribbler with gorgeous footwork and good speed. He's also highly aggressive, as he leads the EPL with six shots per game. No one else has more than 4.3.
In addition to his offensive prowess, the occasionally quick-tempered Suarez is tied for fifth in the EPL with six yellow cards in 17 matches. Keep an eye on him, as he's a threat to score a goal or draw a card at any moment.
Stoke City: Peter Crouch - F
Michael Owen will be looking for his first goal against his former team, but Crouch will likely be the more important player on Wednesday.
The 6'7" Englishman is the Potters' top scorer this season with four goals, and he's a major reason why Stoke City wins more aerial duels per game than any other team (27.8). Unfortunately, Crouch has struggled to find the net recently, as he hasn't scored in his last 11 appearances.
Stoke City's defense is solid, but if it doesn't get production out of Crouch, it likely won't be able to secure the victory.
This will be an interesting contrast of styles, as the defensively-minded Potters will look to slow the likes of Suarez and Steven Gerrard. They have been able to frustrate opposing offenses for most of the season, but they haven't faced an attack like Liverpool's since their 4-2 loss to Manchester United.
I'm expecting a close game, but in the end Liverpool will escape Brittania Stadium with a win to improve to 7-7-5 on the season.
Final score: Stoke City 0 - Liverpool 1
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