Stoke City welcome Burnley to the BET365 Stadium for a key Premier League clash.
For Stoke, this is a must win match if they’re to pile pressure onto Swansea, who play at Manchester City at teatime.
Burnley meanwhile know that should they win coupled with a West Ham victory at Arsenal, they will leapfrog the Gunners into sixth.
Stoke could have Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Glenn Johnson back from groin injuries for this key home game.
Konstantinos Stafylidis is still ruled out with an abdominal injury whilst Lee Grant misses out with a hand injury.
Ibrahim Afellay and Jese Rodriguez both remain suspended by the club.
Burnley will assess defender, James Tarkowski after the England international suffered a knock in midweek loss to Chelsea.
Georges-Kevin N’koudou (hamstring) and Jonathan Walters (match fitness) face late fitness tests.
Ben Mee (calf) is still out injured whilst Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are out for rest of season with knee injuries.
Stoke City ended a four match losing run last time out by drawing 1-1 at West Ham United.
They are however still winless in last 10 games and just two of their six goals in that run came before half time.
Burnley saw their five match unbeaten run ended in midweek at home to Chelsea.
The Clarets have however scored at least one goal in eight of last nine league games, with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood both finding the net five times.
- Stoke have taken four points from a possible 15 from last five league meetings.
- In six Premier League meetings, the Potters have a (W1 D2 L3) record with both wins coming here at home and by a 2-0 scoreline.
- Burnley have won the last two meetings 1-0 but both came at Turf Moor.
- Defeat here will see the Potters suffer four consecutive league losses for first time since May 1985.
- Johann Berg Gudmundsson has provided eight assists this season, which more than any other Burney player in previous Premier League seasons.
- Between them, Burnley’s Ben Mee and James Tarkowski have made a combined total of 83 blocks whilst Stoke’s Eric Pieters and Kurt Zouma can’t even manage half of that amount, making 32 blocks this season.
- Stoke have seventh highest dispossession total of 382 whilst Burnley have lost the ball 307 times, which is second lowest total.
Where can game be won or lost?
|Per Game Average||Stoke City (home)||Burnley (away)|
|Shots on Target||3.53||3.06|
|Goals per First Half %||38.9||47.4|
|Goals per Second Half %||61.1||52.6|
Don’t expect much entertainment here given how evenly matched both teams look.
Stoke are stronger on attack but Burnley just are that more clinical in turning shots on target into goals, particularly in both halves whereas Stoke tend to grow into the match.
The Potters definitely are more disciplined despite seeing one red card at home this season. Their foul average however could be their undoing if Burnley can frustrate them when on the counter.
In summary. don’t expect a classic here but hopefully should see a goal or two.
Although Stoke had more time to prepare, I fancy Burnley to come here and win given their record against current bottom half teams.
Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Burnley
Jake predicts: Stoke City 1-2 Burnley
Result: Stoke City 1-1 Burnley