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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Stoke vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Having returned to the top of the Premier League, Manchester City will be keen to ensure that they remain there by winning a potentially difficult game away to former manager Mark Hughes’ Stoke City. The Potters took a run of just one defeat in 10 matches into their last outing away to Sunderland and looked to be holding their own until captain Ryan Shawcross was harshly dismissed shortly after half-time. That swung the balance of power very much towards their opponents and it was eventually taken full advantage of as two…

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Sunderland vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be looking to achieve back to back wins for the first time this season, but face a tough test as they take on a Stoke City team that has not conceded a goal on the road since September 12. After being ruthlessly exposed in numerous outings this season, the Black Cats delivered a terrific defensive display on Monday to help them earn three massively valuable points away to Crystal Palace. They had to soak up a lot of pressure over the piece, but the back three were always…

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Southampton vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton will move up to fifth if they register a third straight victory when they take on a Stoke City side that has never won at the St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League. It has been a fine run of form for the Saints, who after a somewhat tentative start to the season are now looking very much like a side that can challenge for a top-six finish. Another authoritative performance saw them come away with all three points again last time out, as Dusan Tadic’s penalty accounted for struggling Sunderland. Before that, it…

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Stoke vs Chelsea – Premier League preview and team news

The next opportunity for Chelsea to try and put a stop to their faltering defence of the Premier League comes on Saturday at Stoke City, where they were recently knocked out of the Capital One Cup. Securing that penalty shootout victory perhaps had an effect on the Potters, who showed signs of fatigue in their subsequent outing at Newcastle United last weekend, where they had goalkeeper Jack Butland to thank for preserving a point in a goalless draw. It was not the first time the Bristol-born stopper has rescued his side…

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Newcastle vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Newcastle United will be looking to recover from their latest local derby anguish when they take on a Stoke City side which will be intent on claiming their fourth consecutive away win in all competitions. There were plenty of reasons to be encouraged for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren as he prepared to go in at half-time away to arch rivals Sunderland, as his side had totally dominated proceedings, albeit without edging ahead. However, it all went wrong just moments before the whistle to signal the break was due to be blown…

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Stoke vs Watford – Premier League preview and team news

Stoke City will be aiming to collect their fourth consecutive Premier League victory when they play host to a goal-shy Watford side that has not won on any of their last three outings. After a slow start, the Potters have really found their groove in recent weeks, and the main secret to their improvement is a greater solidity at the back. In the early weeks of the season goalkeeper Jack Butland was given very little protection from those in front of him and was often the man responsible for keeping his side…

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Swansea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to win for the first time in five Premier League games on Monday evening when they come up against Stoke City, who are after their third successive three-point haul. After a run of games where they had performed well below par and failed to find the back of the net, the draw at home to Tottenham before the international break was an improvement as far as Swansea were concerned, as they played with more fluency going forward and saw summer signing Andre Ayew get back among…

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Aston Villa vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Aston Villa will be determined to escape the bottom three and pick up their first Premier League win since opening weekend when they take on a Stoke City side that is keen to kick on after opening their account for victories last time out. Tim Sherwood seemed resigned to another battle against relegation after Villa came up short at Liverpool in what was their fifth defeat in six league outings. His new-look, youthful squad have shown themselves capable of playing some very attractive football this term, but more often than…

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Stoke vs Bournemouth – Premier League preview and team news

Determined to lift themselves out of the bottom three, Stoke City will be hoping to claim their first Premier League victory of the season over a confident Bournemouth side who they have not faced since the 2001-02 season when they were both in the third tier. There was a marked improvement from the Potters in their last game against Leicester City, with the return of long-term absentee Bojan Krkic to the starting XI making a massive difference in terms of their attacking play. His presence inspired more inventiveness and incision,…

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Stoke vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

If struggling Stoke City are to earn their much-needed first Premier League win of the season, they will have to break the seemingly unquenchable momentum of Leicester City, who currently lie in the lofty territory of second place. After a summer of high-profile signings and a tangible sense of optimism, the home side are really struggling to get their campaign going, with several powder puff displays characterised by a general lack of a goal threat; surprising given that they now possess the creative talents of Xherdan Shaqiri among others. Captain Ryan Shawcross has…

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Arsenal vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Arsenal will be targeting their first home goals of the season as well a first home victory as they face a winless Stoke City, who have never emerged with any points from their seven previous Premier League trips to the Emirates Stadium. Despite a succession of strong away results, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will be concerned – as well as mystified – by the fact his team have now failed to score in five of their last six home matches. This is due mainly to an uncharacteristic lack of fluency in…

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Stoke vs West Brom – Premier League preview and team news

Saturday will be a big day for Tony Pulis as he returns to the Britannia Stadium for the first time since being let go by Stoke City in 2013, hoping to mastermind current club West Bromwich Albion’s first victory of the season. The hosts are also winless, but have followed a disappointing opening loss to Liverpool with two respectable away draws. The game at Norwich City last time out was very much a case of having to hold on, and they had goalkeeper Jack Butland to thank for preserving a…

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Stoke vs Liverpool – Premier League preview and team news

Liverpool will be hoping to cling on to fifth place in the Premier League as they travel to Stoke City, who are already guaranteed a second successive ninth-placed finish. Mark Hughes’ first game in charge of the Potters was at Liverpool in last season’s opening game, and this season’s achievement of gaining a record 51 points is a measure of the progress he has made in that time, attracting some fine players to the Britannia Stadium in the process. In-form midfielder Charlie Adam will sense an opportunity to prove himself…

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Burnley vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

Burnley play their last Premier League game at Turf Moor before their graceful return to the Championship, with mid-table Stoke City providing the opposition. Sean Dyche’s side have been a wonderful part of the top-flight this term, but a failure to beat a number of the teams around them has ultimately cost them dear, with leads squandered at home to the likes of Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion. A lack of goals in recent weeks has also been a major contributing factor. The drought ended last time out as…

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