Stoke vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

West Ham United can make sure of a top-six finish in the Premier League by claiming all three points away to Stoke City, who will determined to end the season on a high having gone six matches without victory. For all of their controlled possession and neat style of play, Stoke are suffering at present due to a lack of intensity when they do not have the ball, as well as the absence of a quality centre forward. Another mid-table finish is acceptable enough for a club of their standing,…

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Crystal Palace vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Crystal Palace will be aiming to end their home season on a high by claiming their fourth consecutive victory over Stoke City in all competitions when they meet in South London on Saturday. Safety is almost secured and there is an FA Cup final to look forward to for Crystal Palace, but one cannot help thinking they have fallen a long way short of their capabilities this season in the league. That certainly was not the case up until the turn of the year, but the manner of their total loss of…

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Stoke vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Outside of the relegation zone with only four games to go, Sunderland will be looking to make a potentially huge leap towards Premier League survival by winning away to a Stoke City side that has suffered a staggering loss of form in recent weeks. Lying slap bang in the middle of the table with 47 points, Stoke are in a very comfortable position yet manager Mark Hughes currently has plenty to mull over, with four goals having been conceded in the club’s last three games and just one scored in…

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Man City vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to re-cement their place in the top four of the Premier League by beating mid-table Stoke City, whose season is in severe danger of fizzling out as a result of their poor form. There will clearly be an emphasis from Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini on his side’s upcoming Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid, but domestic football still ought to be high on his list of priorities as a place in Europe’s premier competition for next season is still far from assured. They have…

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Stoke vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham continue their brave attempts to maintain any faint hope of wresting the Premier League title away from Leicester City with a Monday evening trip to an injury-hit Stoke City side, whose European hopes now appear over. In general play Stoke looked reasonably neat and tidy in their last match at Liverpool, with increasingly influential midfielder Giannelli Imbula showing his off his delicate touch and all-round ball skills, but unfortunately when it came to defending they proved badly lacking and that was ultimately what led them to suffering a heavy…

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Chelsea target Stoke City and Juventus stars

Chelsea are monitoring Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, according to the latest report in the Sun. Chelsea’s first-team goalkeepers Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic have both been linked with moves way from the club recently, and the report states that Chelsea are still not certain whether either of them will stay at the club for next season. Courtois has refused to commit his future to the club, and this has alerted La Liga giants Real Madrid, who are closely monitoring the situation. The Blues signed Begovic from Stoke City last…

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Liverpool vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool and Stoke City meet for the fourth time in all competitions this season at Anfield on Sunday, with the both sides looking to continue their push for a European place by emerging with all three points. The hosts still have a chance of going one better by winning the Europa League, and will be in a confident mood after earning a deserved draw away to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their quarter-final tie. Eyes will inevitably be set on the return fixture and fatigue will come into…

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Stoke vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to achieve just their fourth away victory of the season when they make the trip to Stoke City, who still have realistic ambitions of qualifying for Europe. A lot will depend here on which Stoke side will actually turn up. Maybe they will deliver a sluggish performance like in their last home outing against Southampton, or maybe they will get on the front foot from the start and attack with incision and quality, as they did just before the international break in winning at Watford.…

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Watford vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

After reaching the semi-finals of the FA Cup, the next target for Watford is to reach 40 points in the Premier League, and victory over Stoke City on Saturday would see them achieve that. Although the increasing tightness of the mid-table battle has seen them drop to 14th, it has been a magnificent season for Watford whatever happens between now and May, with the club having been tipped by many for relegation at the outset. Under the astute leadership of Quique Flores they have exceeded all expectations and went even further in doing…

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Stoke vs Southampton – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five games on Saturday when they host Southampton, who they have only lost to once in seven previous Premier League meetings. It has been an impressive response from the Potters, who just weeks ago were being questioned in several quarters amid fears that their season could just fizzle out. Three successive wins and an impressive performance to earn a more than deserved draw at Chelsea last weekend have silenced those doubts and ensured that a record Premier League points haul…

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Chelsea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Something will have to give at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon as Chelsea take their lengthy unbeaten run in domestic football into a home encounter with Stoke City, who have won each of their last three matches. There just seems to be no stopping Chelsea’s ascent under Guus Hiddink, who has instilled immense confidence into the side and has overseen a rise to 10th place, ominously just eight points off the top four as the leading clubs continue to struggle for consistency. It did not take them long to open…

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Are Stoke really a tough opponent on a cold winter night?

A trip to the Britannia Stadium has been described as one of the toughest away matches for any team in the Premier League. But is this actually true? The BBC found out. “They can’t do it on a cold night in Stoke,” the myth sounds, as even Barcelona defender Gerard Pique questioned his team’s ability to triumph at the Britannia in an interview earlier this season. The 28-year-old played in the Premier League with Manchester United, winning the title in 2008, before moving to the Spanish giants the following summer. Barcelona…

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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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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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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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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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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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