Stoke vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be after their third consecutive victory when they face a struggling Newcastle United side that has won just two away games all season. The home side are currently lying in eighth place in the Premier League and heading for another sound finish under Mark Hughes, and they managed it despite only playing at a level somewhere close to their best in fits and starts this season, which underlines the quality waiting to be unleashed at the Britannia Stadium. A case in point came on Saturday, where they…

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Stoke City made fun of Aston Villa star with hilarious tweets

On Saturday, Stoke City beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium, with Marko Arnautovic scoring both goals for the home team, while Leandro Bacuna hit the net for the Villans. The Potters, therefore, were entitled to make a joke, with Villa’s defeder Joleon Lescott being the victim. The 33-year-old came under criticism when he posted a picture of a £121,000 Mercedes on his Twitter account just one hour Villa’s 6-0 defeat against Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/F1TynC1kTb — Joleon Lescott (@JoleonLescott) 14 februari 2016 Lescott later claimed that he sent the post by mistake, when he was driving and his phone…

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Stoke vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be hoping to produce some kind of response to their shambles of a performance against Liverpool when they travel to the Britannia Stadium to face mid-table Stoke City. After a difficult period which saw them suffer three heavy defeats in the league and go out of both domestic cup competitions in quick succession, few seemed to give Stoke much hope of getting a result ahead of their last game away to Bournemouth. But there they served a reminder of their quality, making light of their shortage of…

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Bournemouth vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After seeing their cushion over the bottom three cut to five points, Bournemouth will be hoping to pick up their fourth home league win of the season when they come up against out-of-form Stoke City. Despite having their fair share of possession and having more than enough attempts on goal, Bournemouth were made to pay for lacking that little bit of quality in their last match as two goals in as many minutes saw them lose to title chasing Arsenal. A couple of poor pieces of defending cost them overall,…

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Price per goal revealed for every Premier League team

The Premier League and its ticket prices, it’s been a hot topic recently, with Liverpool fans protesting a 30 per cent rise and eventually getting the Reds’ management to reverse the decision. Now, Eurosport has revealed the ticket price per goal for all 20 Premier League clubs. Like in the standings, Leicester City lead the way, with fans of the Foxes having effectively paid only £7.76 for every goal they have witnessed. There have been 34 goals scored at the King Power Stadium in a dozen matches so far, 21 by Leicester. West…

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Two Premier League playmakers sign new contracts

Despite interest from several clubs, Bojan Krkic and Dimitri Payet have signed a new contract with Stoke City and West Ham respectively. Krkic signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Potters, according to the BBC, despite the interest of the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal. The Spaniard joined Stoke during the summer of 2014 from Barcelona for a £1.35 million transfer fee and has provided five goals and one assist in 19 Premier League appearances this season. Last year, he scored four times in 16 league matches before being ruled out for…

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Five Premier League footballers who served prison time

Not all footballers have lived their lives as examples. Some of them have been on the wrong side of the law and served their time for it. We take a look at the list of five Premier League footballers who served prison time in the midst of their careers. 5. Tony Adams He is the most illustrious name in this list. The former Arsenal captain suffered from alcoholism during the earlier stages of his career. In December 1990, he received a four-month jail sentence for drunk driving. He was allegedly four…

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Stoke vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to secure victory for the first time in four Premier League matches as they attempt to do the double over fellow mid-table side Everton for the second season in succession. Since overcoming Norwich City on January 13, there have been few highlights for Stoke, who are out of both cup competitions and have now lost their last two league games by a 3-0 margin, rarely threatening a goal on either occasion despite the number of creative players they have going forward. To make matters worse…

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Newcastle were biggest spenders during the winter transfer window

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Newcastle were the biggest spenders during the winter transfer window, with all Premier League clubs spending a total of £186.4 million in January, according to The Daily Mail. The Magpies brought Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet to St. James’ Park, spending a total of £28.5m on those three players, while also landing Seydou Doumbia on loan from Italian giants AS Roma. Two other clubs topped the £20m spending limit and that were Watford and Norwich, with both spending £26.1m. The Hornets bought Abdoulaye Doucoure from Rennes for £8m and Adalberto Penaranda for…

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Top five Premier League transfers from the deadline day

Top clubs stayed away from the transfer market on the last day of the transfer window. However, some significant movements still happened on the day. Now that the transfer window is over, we will take a look at the top five signings from the transfer deadline day! 5. Mathieu Debuchy – (Arsenal to Bordeaux on loan) Manchester United tried to get the Arsenal man on loan on the last day of the transfer window. However, their approach was turned down by the Gunners and the France international ended up joining Ligue…

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Man Utd vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester United will be aiming to close the gap to the top four when they face ninth-placed Stoke City, who have lost on all sevenof their previous Premier League visits to Old Trafford. A five point deficit to make up between themselves and the Champions League places mean that United cannot afford to drop too many points between now and the end of the season, but they are having to work so hard to win games at present. The run of 11 successive home matches without scoring a first half goal…

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Stoke set to bring in Giannelli Imbula

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stoke are in talks with Porto to sign highly-rated French international midfielder Gianelli Imbula in a deal worth £18million. The mooted transfer fee would be a club-record one for the Potters, whose previous transfer record fee was the £12million they paid for Swiss international midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri from Italian giants Inter in the summer. Imbula is highly-regarded as a powerhouse defensive midfielder and as one of the best up-and-coming players in his position in European football. Potters boss Mark Hughes is confident of…

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Liverpool fan catches Martin Skrtel going crazy after winning League Cup penalty [Video]

Liverpool needed penalties to see off Stoke City in the League Cup, with Joe Allen netting the decisive penalty kick in the semi-final for the Reds. Anfield errupted after the Allen gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the win. One fan caught Reds’ defender Martin Skrtel losing it in the stand! MUST WATCH!!! Skrtel’s celebrations after Joe Allen scored the winning penalty last night!! THIS IS BOSS!!! #LFC pic.twitter.com/FtqQ93e7KN — liverpoolfc.hq (@liverpoolfc_hq) 27 januari 2016

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Stoke City are planning a club record bid for Porto midfielder

According to Sky Sports, Stoke City are planning a record move for Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula. The Potters have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old for quite some time now and manager Mark Hughes has consistently refused to rule out a move for the player. The former France U-21 international moved to Porto from Marseille in a £15 million summer deal, and he is currently valued at £19m. Therefore, any potential deal for Imbula would eclipse the £12m the Potters paid for Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. When…

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Leicester vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

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Leicester City will be hoping to claim their first home win in the Premier League since mid-December, but face a tough encounter against a Stoke City side which is setting its sights on qualifying for Europe. A draw away to bottom club Aston Villa definitely went down as a missed opportunity for the Foxes, especially as Riyad Mahrez had the chance to put them in a commanding position but saw his tame penalty kept out by goalkeeper Mark Bunn. That failure served to rouse the home supporters and instigate something…

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Premier League dominates highest earning club rankings but fails to take top spot

It’s the time of the year for the 2016 Deloitte Football Money League and again Real Madrid lead the way, despite the Premier League clubs dominating the top 30, as reported by Goal. The Football Money League details the 2014/15 season and measures a club’s earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, ranking them on that basis. Spanish giants Real Madrid retained their first place for the 11th year in a row, having generated £439 million last season (up from £418m). They are followed by La Liga rivals FC…

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Stoke vs Arsenal – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal face another considerable test of their resolve as they take on Europa League hopefuls Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, a venue where they have endured many afternoons to forget in recent years. It took a while for them to make the extra man count, but Stoke eventually saw off Norwich City in commanding fashion on Wednesday to move up to seventh in the Premier League table and very much in the race for a European spot, which if gained would be an achievement well within the capabilities of what…

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Stoke vs Norwich – Premier League preview and team news

Having moved clear of the drop zone, Norwich City will be targeting a fourth victory in five Premier League outings when they make the trip to Staffordshire to take on mid-table Stoke City. Victory over League One’s Doncaster Rovers was a welcome boost for Stoke, who were unfortunate to lose late on at West Bromwich Albion in their last top-flight game after their 10 men failed to deal fully with a goalmouth scramble. They then came up with a surprisingly off-colour performance in the first leg of their Capital One Cup…

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West Brom vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to collect a third consecutive Premier League victory when they make the short trip to West Bromwich Albion, but in order to do so will have to overcome their hoodoo against former boss Tony Pulis. Since leaving the Potters in the summer of 2013, Pulis has won on each of the three occasions in which he has faced them, all by the goal to nil. A triumph by the same scoreline against struggling Newcastle United on Monday was a crucial one for his current side,…

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Everton vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

In a buoyant mood following their last-gasp Boxing Day victory, Everton will be after their first win in three home matches as they entertain a Stoke City side who are behind them only on goal difference. Were it not for Tom Cleverley’s first goal for the club with the last meaningful touch of the game, it would have been an immensely frustrating afternoon for Everton at Newcastle United. It was another away match where they asserted their authority from the start and played some swift, incisive passing football, but again…

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Stoke vs Man Utd – Premier League preview and team news

Without a win in six outings in all competitions, Manchester United will be desperate for a Boxing Day win at Stoke City to help ease the increasing pressure on manager Louis van Gaal. The hosts are becoming increasingly enigmatic themselves having suffered a frustrating home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last weekend despite creating the majority of the chances and territory. It was a stunning late strike which beat them in the end, but that they ended up having 26 attempts on goal with only five on target…

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Stoke vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Two sides that have ambitions of qualifying for Europe through the league this season meet on Saturday as Stoke City take on Crystal Palace in what has all the makings of an entertaining affair. There are few clubs in the top-flight that are in better form than Stoke, who have won six and drawn two of their last 10 games, keeping clean sheets in seven of them. Although they are strong as an overall defensive unit, that run has coincided with the return of captain Ryan Shawcross, whose presence on…

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West Ham vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be looking to carry on from where they left off last weekend when they head to West Ham United, who have not won in their last five Premier League matches. The home side put in their strongest performance for some weeks in their most recent outing at Manchester United, coming close to winning it after creating the better chances, but eventually having to settle to what was still a highly commendable goalless draw. With Diafra Sakho out, Andy Carroll played as the lone striker and put himself…

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Footballers You Should Be Following on Twitter – Jonathan Walters

Jonathan Walters @JonWalters19 Stoke City forward and Republic of Ireland international, Jonathan Walters is definitely a footballer worthy of a follow on Twitter. He may not tweet that prolifically but when he does it usually brings a good old smile to the face. Of course, his most memorable tweet came earlier this year in April. The Raheem Sterling transfer debacle was beginning to rumble. Amid reports of Sterling’s excessive wage demands, Walters unleashed this gem on the twittersphere: https://twitter.com/JonWalters19/status/584001054733373440 It is was a typically witty Walters response following a Daily Mail article that ran with a headline highlighting the stat…

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Capital One Cup draw throws up potential Merseyside derby in final

Football fans might get to see an exciting Merseyside derby at Wembley this season. The Capital One Cup semi-final draw has been announced, and it has football fans salivating at the prospect of a potential final between local rivals Liverpool and Everton. However, Man City remain the favourites to claim the cup, and they will travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton in the first leg of the semi final. Man City defeated Hull City 4-1 in their quarter-final clash while the Toffees had to see off Middlesbrough 2-0 at…

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