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Asmir Begovic best in the Premier League? Stats comparison

Asmir Begovic best in the Premier League? Stats comparison

Asmir Begovic is having his best season to date at Stoke City and after over two years of jostling for position with Thomas Sørensen, the Bosnian has now firmly established himself as the number 1 choice in the Potteries. Begovic started just 22 Premier League games last season but has already took to the field in all 14 of Stoke's matches so far in this campaign. An inconsistent start to his Stoke career has seemingly given way to the star potential …
The curious case of Wilson Palacios | Stats Analysis

The curious case of Wilson Palacios | Stats Analysis

Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch? Stats Comparison

Kenwyne Jones or Peter Crouch? Stats Comparison

Stoke draw blank at home to toothless Black Cats | Player Stats

Stoke draw blank at home to toothless Black Cats | Player Stats

Stoke and Sunderland played out a chilling 0-0 draw in an utterly uninspiring encounter at the Britannia Stadium. The draw was both sides sixth in the Premier League this season and was, in hindsight somewhat predictable. The Potters certainly had the better of the chances, however a fine display from Black Cat's keeper Simon Mignolet ensured that the game would remain goal-less even into the 98th minute. Sunderland failed to muster a single attempt on target throughout the game which …
Shawcross vs England's other centre backs | Sats Comparison

Shawcross vs England's other centre backs | Sats Comparison

The Stoke City captain's recent call up to the England squad under Roy Hodgson begs an obvious question: is Ryan Shawcross good enough for international football? If many Stoke fans are correct in arguing that Shawcross should have been a part of the squad a long time ago, then why has his second call-up been such a long time coming? Shawcross has undoubtedly been a towering figure in the Stoke defence over his past five seasons with the club (both …
Adam & Nzonzi Vs Whelan & Whitehead | Stats Comparison

Adam & Nzonzi Vs Whelan & Whitehead | Stats Comparison

As usual the transfer deadline day was an eventful one for the Potters, securing the signatures of Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi for the initial total of around £8 million. Given that they had already agreed deals for three other CM's (by trade) earlier on in the window it seems that Tony Pulis is intent on change in the middle of the park. Stoke now have as many as ten players competing for the centre midfield spots, admittedly the likes of …
Stoke steal a point but Pulis must not paper over cracks | Stats Analysis

Stoke steal a point but Pulis must not paper over cracks | Stats Analysis

Stoke held a toothless Arsenal to a 0-0 draw as both sides failed to inspire at the Britannia Stadium. On the face of it a draw may be seen as a good result for the Potters, but scratch the surface and there is most definitely an undercurrent of discontent. The main sticking point would be the lack of attacking intent from Tony Pulis' side from the off, something that has caused Arsenal so many problems when visiting the Potteries in recent …
New Season, Old Tactics as Stoke choke at Reading | Stats Report

New Season, Old Tactics as Stoke choke at Reading | Stats Report

[caption id="attachment_17689" align="alignleft" width="265" caption="Stoke in control as Kightly scores 34th minute opener."][/caption] Stoke failed to hold on to a 1-0 lead after three questionable substitutions allowed Premier League new-boys Reading a route back into the game. The Potters took a first half lead in the 34th minute through debutant Michael Kightly and went on to control the game going into the latter stages. However a devastating change in tactics from the Stoke manager allowed a late Adam Le Fondre …
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