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Hello and welcome to the official match thread for the Carling Cup 4th round tie between Stoke City and Liverpool.
Season So Far.
Both Stoke and Liverpool have had solid starts to the season.
Stoke currently sit 9th in the Premier League with 12 points. They have had impressive wins against Liverpool and West Brom in the league and draws against Manchester United and Chelsea show that Tony Pulis and his side continue to improve.
After reaching the F.A cup final last season, they were entered into the Europa League. In my opinion, this has been the highlight of Stoke's season. They currently sit top of their group with 7 points from 3 games. A 2-1 victory against Besiktas is the highlight of Stoke's Europa League campaign.
Stoke have reached the 4th round of the Carling Cup by beating Spurs on penalties 7-6 after the game finished 0-0. Thomas Sorensen was the star after he saved Massimo Luongo's penalty to send Stoke into the next round.
Liverpool have also had a solid start to the season. We sit 6th with 15 points. We have had impressive results against Arsenal and Everton and draws against Sunderland and Norwich. These are games in which Liverpool had much of the play but couldn't finish them off and it cost them.
Liverpool have played lower league opposition in the Carling Cup. We kicked off with an away tie against League 1 Exeter. Kenny Dalglish put out a strong team and was rewarded with a 3-1 victory in which Luis Suarez, Maxi and Andy Carroll got the goals. They then travelled to newly-promoted Brighton. With a new stadium and some impressive players, Liverpool expected a difficult game. They came out with a 2-1 victory with Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt getting the goals for us.
Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant, who has been nursing a hamstring problem, looks unlikely to play against his former club. But Danny Higginbotham could feature following a knee injury.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas is available after missing the weekend draw against Norwich because he was serving a one-match ban. Fit-again defender Daniel Agger came on as a late substitute in that game and could be involved on Wednesday.
Stoke City 1 - 2 Liverpool
Stoke City... K.Jones: 44th minute.
Liverpool... L.Suarez: 54th minute.
Liverpool... L.Suarez: 85th minute.
Pennant on for Shotton.
Crouch on for K.Jones.
Skrtel on for Carragher.
Bellamy on for Maxi.
Kuyt on for Suarez.
Last edited by Chris.; 26/10/2011 at 09:39 PM.
We will have to play a strong team to beat Stoke at the Brittania.
If it's a strong team Liverpool put out, I think they will beat us whatever side we put out, as I think we won't play our best team, as I think this is the competition Pulis cares about the least.
Match Prediction: 2-0 to Liverpool
Last edited by sgtpotterslonelyheartsclubband; 24/10/2011 at 06:38 PM.
Is Salif Diao still playing?!
I remember him playing for Liverpool years ago...
Last edited by sgtpotterslonelyheartsclubband; 24/10/2011 at 06:34 PM.
I'll have to edit the predicted team I put out, as apparently Palacios is expected to start.
Just realised I said teamed not team
Thought Id mention it before the grammar police turn up...
Betting odds taken from William Hill...
We're at home, why can't you be the slightest itsey, bitsey on the confident side..
I know I missed the league game v Liverpool due to my daughters wedding but??
We don't play Newcastle till next Monday night, WHY not play our first team/best 11.
Oh, and I know that Liverpool battered us and we got lucky.
P.S. just wondering guys. IF it's all square after extra time is it pen's again as v Spurs
I think stoke will have to prioritise something at some point with the old europa campaign but i have to wonder if it's this one.
I think kenny will need to beat his team until they get sense i'm afraid. the old hazel switch across the legs is in order.
If we don't pick carroll cos stoke have big men then whats the point? I said in january on old 606 it was wasteful and i stand by that.
We need to go do one thing against stoke and thats create overlaps that get us to the byline where a low cut back can occur... enrique and johnons can cut them up if our supposed wingers would stay wide enough to allow them to overlap.
If we throw in another goal i'll go mad.
Given the squad that he has and the need to play them. Given that we also need a good cup run. Then I think our starting 11 will be strong. My guess is that Suarez will be on the bench with Carroll starting.
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