The Premier League’s meanest defence takes on a Saints side looking to pull away from the drop zone.
Press conference to follow.
Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron both serve one-match bans for accruing five bookings this season. It means Matthew Upson is likely to replace Shawcross in the centre of the back four with Ryan Shotton coming in for Cameron.
Stoke City (from): Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Whelan, Nzonzi, Walters, Kightly, Etherington, Jones, Sorensen, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome, Adam, Palacios, Owen.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: “It’s a game that we should look forward to, not be fearful of.”
Adam Lallana will be on the sidelines again after picking up a knee problem against Reading on December 8 and has not featured since. Manager Nigel Adkins revealed one or two unnamed players picked up knocks in the 1-1 draw with Fulham on Boxing Day, but expects them to be available at the Britannia Stadium.
Southampton (from): K Davis, Gazzaniga, Boruc, Richardson, Butterfield, Stephens, Clyne, Fox, Shaw, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fonte, Reeves, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Cork, Chaplow, De Ridder, Ramirez, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Puncheon, Lee, Lambert, Rodriguez, Mayuka.
Referee: M Clattenburg; Assistants: S Beck, S Long; Fourth official: L Mason.
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson
Kightly, Walters, Etherington
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw
Puncheon, Ramirez, Rodriguez
This will be the first top-flight game between the clubs since 1985.
Since then, the clubs have met six times in the Championship, with Saints winning four of those matches. However, Stoke won the most recent encounter 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium on 12 February 2008.
The 3-1 win against Liverpool was the first time in 44 league matches that Stoke had scored more than twice.
Kenwyne Jones has scored twice in three games, having previously gone 27 league matches without a goal.
The Potters have the Premier League’s best defensive record, both in terms of clean sheets (nine) and goals conceded (14). In fact, 12 of the 20 previous Premier League champions had conceded more goals after 19 games.
Saints have recorded two wins from their last 29 Premier League away games (W2, D6, L21).
They are yet to keep an away clean sheet in the league this season, conceding 21 goals in eight matches on the road.
Their last Premier League away clean sheet came at West Brom in a goalless draw on 22 February 2005.
Nigel Adkins’ side have been given the fewest cards in the Premier League this season (15 yellows, no reds). They have been issued with just five yellow cards in their last 10 league games and have not picked up a single caution in their last four matches.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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