Date: 5th January 2016 at 4:12pm
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Stoke City host Liverpool in the first-leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday night as they aim to reach the final for the first time since winning the competition in 1972.

The Potters have reached the last-four by defeating Luton, Fulham, Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday.

Despite Saturday’s late 2-1 defeat at West Brom, Mark Hughes’ side are enjoying a good season as they sit 10th in the Premier League, just four points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

At home, where they defeated Chelsea and Wednesday in the previous two rounds, City have won four, drawn one and last four of their nine top flight outings.

Liverpool, who are a point above their hosts in the table, make the 55 mile trip on the back of three away defeats in their last three matches on the road.

Defeats at Newcastle, Watford and most recently West Ham has somewhat taken the shine off the start Jurgen Klopp made at the club.

However, the German, who guided his side to a 6-1 win at Southampton in the quarter-finals, has a great chance to take the record eight-time winners to their 12th League Cup final.

Before thrashing Saints in the last-eight, the Reds saw off Carlise United and Bournemouth to progress to this stage.

The Merseyside outfit have won four of the last six meetings between the two, including a 1-0 win at the Britannia on the opening day of the season.

Team News:

Geoff Cameron is available for Stoke after his red card against West Brom was overturned.

Daniel Sturridge will miss out again for the visitors after suffering another setback in training.

Fellow striker Divock Origi is also out meaning Christian Benteke will continue to lead the attack.

Last Meeting: Stoke 0-1 Liverpool, August 9, 2015
Key Players: Stoke – Marko Arnautovic; Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho
Form: Stoke – WDLWWL; Liverpool – DDLWWL
Shoot Says: Stoke 2-1 Liverpool

 
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