Stoke City will travel to Anfield on Sunday hoping to overturn a Liverpool side looking to grab their second piece of silverware this season in what will be this weekend’s fourth and final FA Cup Sixth Round fixture.
Neither side are in magnificent form so to speak but after running out a comfortable victory against bitter rivals Everton last week, one could understand how Liverpool would go into this weekend’s match with higher spirits.
The FA Cup has a tendency to throw statistics out of the window concerning its encounters but when you consider that Stoke City have the second worst away attack in the Premier League, it becomes more difficult to see past a home win.
To add to that, the Merseysiders have the second best home defence in the English top flight, considerably decreasing the likelihood of the Potters netting on Sunday.
Liverpool have failed to string together a decent run of results in 2012 so far and before the 3-0 victory against Everton last weekend, Kenny Dalglish’s side were on a three game losing streak in the league.
That being said, the losses came against Manchester United, Arsenal and Sunderland; all very difficult game sin their own regard and a run that the Reds will be keen to continue bouncing back from.
Having already clenched the Carling Cup this campaign, Dalglish can win over even more disgruntled fans if he were to book a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.
Liverpool could welcome back Glen Johnson and Craig Bellamy on Sunday with both players set to undergo late fitness tests prior to the Stoke fixture.
Stoke have no players looking likely to return from injury, however Ricardo Fuller will be absent form the match after seeing a reckless red card in last weekend’s loss against Chelsea.