Stoke City host Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium in the final Premier League match on Boxing Day, with the Potters looking to extend an eight-game unbeaten run.


Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7.45 pm GMT, with Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD providing live coverage in the UK. You can watch highlights on Match of the Day on BBC One and BBC One HD at 10.25 pm GMT.


Stoke City are enjoying a superb run of form at the moment. Tony Pulis' side have lost only once in the last 10 games (1-0 at Carrow Road in early November) and kept three clean sheets in the last four games. Wins may be a rarity at the Britannia but defeats are rarer still and fans will be pleased with that state of affairs. In fact, the Potter, with Everton, are the only two Premier League sides yet to lose at home.

Stoke are ninth at the start of the Boxing Day fixtures but could drop to 12th by the time they kick off, depending on results for Swansea City, Norwich City and West Ham.

Brendan Rodgers' side rebounded from last week's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Anfield with an impressive 4-0 defeat of Fulham on Saturday. The Reds have now won three of the last four Premier League fixtures and are eighth in the league, with 25 points from 18 games.

Rodgers' away form has not been particularly impressive this season, with only two wins in eight games. And with Stoke boasting what Andre Villas-Boas calls the "best defence in Europe", the Anfield club will need to fire on all cylinders to walk away with three points from the Britannia. Stoke have conceded only thrice at home, in eight games, this season, and held Tottenham to a goalless away draw on Saturday. Fortunately for Liverpool, the club does seem to be in good form in front of goal, with ten goals in the last three games.

Tottenham v Stoke City

Team Form

Stoke City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): D D D W W
  • Last Match: Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 0 Stoke City


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W L W W W
  • Last Match: Liverpool 4 - 0 Fulham

Team News

Stoke City: Rory Delap (hernia) and Mark Wilson (ankle) are still unavailable for the Potters, while former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam could miss the game after he was granted leave following the death of his father last week. Meanwhile, former Reds' strikers Peter Crouch and Michael Owen might have to be satisfied with a place on the bench as Pulis is not expected to make many changes to a starting line-up giving him results.

Probable Starting Line-Up: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Cameron; Shotton, N'Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Jones

Liverpool: Martin Kelly (knee) and Fabio Borini (foot) remain long-term absentees for Rodgers, while Oussama Assaidi (knee) is a major doubt for this game. Raheeem Sterling and Joe Allen should both return to the line-up after being given a breather against Fulham, with Suso and Jonjo Shelvey expected to make way.

Probable Starting Line-Up: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Allen, Gerrard; Sterling, Suarez, Downing