Competition: Major League Soccer – Stoke City vs. Liverpool FC
Venue: Britannia Stadium – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Stoke 9/4 – Draw 13/5 – Liverpool 11/10
Stoke have secured a top half finish and can’t finish any higher or lower than ninth so there is no pressure on them, other than to end the campaign on a high in front of their own fans.
While Liverpool know they can’t finish lower than seventh, though that is highly unlikely and so a place in next season’s Europa League looks to be guaranteed.Embed from Getty Images
The Reds will be disappointed not to have qualified for the Champions League again but Brendan Rodgers has to try and ensure his players end the season with a positive result, especially after they lost their final home game 3-1 to Crystal Palace last weekend.
The Raheem Sterling situation is not making things easy for the Liverpool manager and so he will be looking forward to watching his side play a game for the last time this season.
Though it won’t be an easy one for the Reds as Stoke have gone unbeaten through their last three at the Britannia.Embed from Getty Images
They beat Spurs 3-0 in their last home game, and then drew 0-0 at Burnley last week, so they are in good form going into this one.
The reverse fixture this season ended 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield, while last year’s game at Stoke ended 5-3 to the Reds in a thriller.
Stoke are without Bojan and Victor Moses. Jack Butland should keep his place in goal as Mark Hughes could name an unchanged side.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool are without Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan, while Mamadou Sakho remains a doubt. Sterling should play but may sit out as controversy off the field continues to surround the youngster, who could have played his last game for the club. Steven Gerrard will start in his final game for the Reds.
Stoke’s last five: W/D/L/W/D
Liverpool’s last five: D/L/W/D/L
Key Stat: There have been 15 goals in the last three matches at the Britannia between these two in all competitions, an average of five goals per game.
Key Player: Charlie Adam – The Scottish midfielder scored in this game last season and has three goals in his last five.Embed from Getty Images
Stoke 2-2 Liverpool – There should be goals here on the final day of the season but the points may be shared in a close game. Stoke are strong at home and should end the season with a positive result against a Liverpool side that will be hoping next season will be a lot better.