Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(33) 17 Goals 40 (46)
(20) 9 Assists 17 (25)
(6.6) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.9 (6.6)
29.3 Average Age 26.5
185.2 Average Height (cm) 183.1
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 1.2 (1)
(59%) 56% Aerial Duel Success 49% (50%)
(0.4) 0.3 Dribbles pg 0.5 (0.6)
(1.4) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.4 (1.9)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Marc Wilson Out 6.86
Rory Delap Out 5.89
Ryan Shawcross Out 6.86
Geoff Cameron Out 6.85
Michael Owen Doubtful 6.13
Player Reason Status Rating
Adam Lallana Out 6.92

Team News

  • Tony Pulis would no doubt have liked to field an unchanged side to the one that beat Liverpool in midweek but suspensions to both Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron give him major selection problems at the back.
  • Matthew Upson will come in for a rare start alongside Huth, while Shotton will return at right-back.
  • Elsewhere changes are unlikely, so Kenwyne Jones will keep his place up front ahead of Peter Crouch, with Walters continuing to play in a more central role behind the striker.
  • Adam Lallana remains Southampton's only absentee through injury.
  • After a decent point at Fulham manager Nigel Adkins is likely to keep changes to a minimum, though Jay Rodriguez could come in out wide to allow Gaston Ramirez to play in the hole.
  • Any such move would most likely see Steven Davis drop back to the bench.

Prediction

  • Stoke and Southampton have never met in the Premier League, last playing one another in the 2007/08 Championship season, with the respective home side coming out on top 3-2 on each occasion.
  • The Potters' 9 game unbeaten streak is the best in the league and only behind Barcelona across Europe's top 5 leagues, but absentees at the back may unsettle their usual solidity.
  • Nevertheless, having conceded just 4 goals at home all season Pulis will have his side well-drilled and Southampton will probably have to try and score twice to get a win here, which seems unlikely.
Prediction:
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Comments (2)

 
  • aerial threats and compact defensively, this stoke team is impressive, with a rigid manager! no lallana for soton, hes their best player, lionheart of a player. i agree with scoreline.

  • 2-0 to stoke, southampton would break the best defence in the league.

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