The Premier League 2013-2014 season will kick-off with the Liverpool vs Stoke City match this Saturday, August 17, 2013 (4:45 AM Pacific) at Anfield. The season is ready for another year full of excitement, and this Saturday Liverpool will have the pressure to earn a win in their debut at home. Stoke City will be the underdog, therefore a tie or a win will be a huge achievement.
The 2012-2013 season was a huge disappointment for Liverpool where they ended in 7th place. That means the Reds will be absent from any European tournaments this season, putting more pressure on their Premier League performances. The team coached by Brendan Rodgers had a fine preseason where they won 6 matches, while only losing 1; outscoring their opponents 17-2.
On Saturday, Liverpool has the pressure to keep their good preseason performances alive, as they are required to begin the season with a win, in order to erase some of the pressure caused by last season’s performances. A key figure who will miss the match is Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez who has been part of a transfer drama saga throughout the off season. The talented forward has been part of rumors that have him leaving the club, even going as far as the player demanding his transfer. Suarez will miss the game not due to his off-field problems, but rather for his on-field suspension. He is serving a 10 game ban for an aggression against Branislav Ivanovic.
Stoke City is not a favorite to win the Premier League by any means, but they will hope that they can become a surprise and earn a place in next year’s European championships. Although also a far shot, this team has the talent needed to end in the middle of the table. Moreover, they will obtain a good follow from United States fans as there are 4 Americans in the team: Brek Shea (out with a knee injury, Geoff Cameron, Maurice Edu, and Juan Agudelo (will join club in January, 2014).
Liverpool vs Stoke City Prediction
The Liverpool vs Stoke City match will be a good match between two teams that want to improve on what they accomplished last season. Liverpool is the favorite to win this match, and they will earn their first 3 points; even with the absence of Luis Suarez. The Reds will be the better team throughout the match, which will give them a morale boost at the beginning of the season. The Liverpool vs Stoke City match will end 2-0 in favor of the home team.
Liverpool vs Stoke City TV Schedule
The Liverpool vs Stoke City match will be televised this Saturday, August 17, 2013 on NBCSN at 4:45 AM Pacific.