Stoke hosts Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium as the Potters look to extend their six match unbeaten streak against a Reds team slowly climbing back up the table.
- Reuters / Russell Cheyne
Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers will look to continue in their good form having lost only once in their last five matches. Steven Gerrard will look to play a vital part in Wednesday's Boxing Day tie as he has scored twice and assisted on two goals for Liverpool in the club's last two matches.
Rogers will be looking for full points as his side has no new injury problems to deal with and will unlikely make any changes to his starting lineup.
Seventeen-year-old English sensation Raheem Sterling is rumored to start after sitting out against his sides victory over Fulham on Saturday.
Midfielder Joe Allen is likely to remain on the sidelines after Rodgers revealed trainers were still working on a pelvic problem suffered by the Welsh international.
For Stoke manager Tony Pulis, his aim will be to take full points from this match as former Liverpool striker Michael Owen could make his first start against his former club. Owen has been unavailable since October since suffering a hamstring injury.
Midfielder Charlie Adam looks to return to the pitch after he missed Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham following the death of his father.
Pulis will look to gain ground on Liverpool and silence vocal critics given that the Potters currently sit just one point behind the Reds in the league.
"We're a football club that just gets on with things, irrespective of what people say … if people are nice then fine. If people are not so nice, fine. It doesn't affect me," Pulis said during a pre-match press conference.
"We are just hoping all our supporters have a belly full of turkey and then want to work it off because we will need them," he added.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.