Stoke City v Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City v Cardiff City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Wednesday 4th December see’s Stoke City welcome Cardiff City to the Britannia Stadium. Both teams are in wretched run of form and they must surely be looking over their shoulders at the teams below them.

Both teams come into the game on the back of disappointing results. Stoke were battered 4-0 by a rampant Everton and Cardiff were undone by a brace of goals from old boy Aaron Ramsey in a 3-0 home defeat by the Gunners.

Cardiff City have not won a game since the derby victory over Swansea City at the Cardiff City Stadium back on 3rd November.

Stoke City have only won once in the last 6 games, their 1-0 home win against Sunderland in their last home game.

Stoke City Vs Cardiff

Interesting Facts

Stoke City and Cardiff City have the identical records this season, both teams have won 3, drawn 4 and lost 6 of their 13 games thus far.

Cardiff have only kept 1 clean sheet on their travels this season.

This will be the first Premier League meeting between the two teams.

Team News

Stoke City are still without German centre-back Robert Huth and this game will come just too soon for Markho Arnautovic who is expected to return by the 14th December.

Malky Mackay has a full squad to choose from as Cardiff have a clean bill of health.

Key Men

Asmir Begovic: One of the top goalkeepers in the Barclays Premier League. For Stoke to get back to winning ways they will need to keep it tight at the back and shut out their opponents.  Stoke boss Mark Hughes will hope that Begovic can add to the 4 clean sheets he has already come Wednesday night.

Steven Caulker: Cardiff’s captain is a vital cog in their defensive system with no defensive errors made this season. If Cardiff are to stay in the division then his form needs to stay at the level it is currently.

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Predictions

On a wet and windy night a Stoke I can only see a rather dull 0-0 being the outcome. Neither team will want to lose and both teams should be happy with a point as their fight against relegation continues.