Potters take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Tony Pulis will be keen to guide Stoke back to winning ways with the team having picked up just one victory from their past seven games. That task will not be easy, however, given Stoke face a Swansea side who have tasted defeat at home just twice all season and are sure to be fresh given many of the players who were rested for Wednesday’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Arsenal are likely to return for this one. Only one point and one place separates these teams and, for the winner, a Europa League spot should be firmly in sight.
Venue Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Last season Swansea 2 Stoke 0
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 15 Y56, R3, 3.93 cards per game
Odds Swansea 5-4 Stoke 14-5 Draw 12-5
Subs from Tremmel, Bartley, Graham, Monk, Shechter, Lita, Moore, Tiendalli, Gower, Hernández, Richards
Injured Agustien (ankle, Feb), Taylor (ankle, May)
Form guide DDWDDL
Disciplinary record Y40 R2
Leading scorer Michu 13
Subs from Nash, Sorensen, Etherington, Whitehead, Jerome, Owen, Edu, Shotton, Arismendi, Ness, Upson, Whelan, Palacios, Shotton
Doubtful Shotton (hamstring), Wilkinson (back)
Injured Delap (hernia, Feb), Wilson (broken leg, Feb)
Form guide LLDWDD
Disciplinary record Y47 R3
Leading scorer Walters 5
The last 10 league encounters have produced five wins apiece for each side.
Every one of those matches ended in a 2-1 or 2-0 scoreline.
All three Premier League matches between the sides to date have produced a 2-0 home victory.
The Swans are unbeaten in five league games, but have drawn four of those matches, and have won only one of their last seven top-flight matches.
If honours end even on Saturday it will be the first time Swansea have drawn three successive top-flight games.
They have not recorded back-to-back Premier League clean sheets since August, when they began the season with a 5-0 win at QPR and 3-0 victory versus West Ham.
Opta statistics show the Swans have scored just 6.5% of their league goals from set-pieces – the lowest proportion in the top flight.
The Potters have scored 57% of their league goals from set pieces – the highest figure in the Premier League.
Stoke have suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats, ending an unbeaten run of 10 league matches.
It is their worst losing run since a four-match streak in February 2012. That sequence ended with a 2-0 win against Swansea.
The Potters have conceded 10 goals in their last three top-flight matches, having let in only five in the previous 11 games.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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