Stoke City v Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Stoke City v Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

A much changed Stoke City will host a struggling Norwich City side this Sunday after both sides progressed into the next round of the Capital One Cup in midweek. Boring. Unadventurous. Threat from set pieces. Last season you would have associated this with Stoke, but Mark Hughes’ short tenure as manager has already seen a sharp improvement to the style of football they play. The trip to Arsenal last weekend saw Stoke have 49.6% possession, attempt 507 passes with a …
EPL Most Creative Players 13/14 | Ozil, Hazard, Walker and Michu Stats

EPL Most Creative Players 13/14 | Ozil, Hazard, Walker and Michu Stats

With the 2013/14 Premier League season now five games old we'll be sharing some stats with you from the EPLIndex Stats Centre to illustrate which players are the most creative so far in the Premier League. In this article we'll be looking at Chances Created, Clear-cut chances created and Goal Assists. Most Creative: Chances Created Eden Hazard has taken over creative duties at Chelsea after Juan Mata has struggled to find a place in the starting eleven. Hazard leads the …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …
Have Stoke Really Changed Under Hughes? Stoke City Stats Comparison

Have Stoke Really Changed Under Hughes? Stoke City Stats Comparison

In the run up to the new season, there was an intriguing managerial change at the Britannia  Stadium as Mark Hughes replaced Tony Pulis. This posed many questions: can Hughes repair the damage that the stint at QPR did to his career? How will the Stoke players adapt to a new style of football? Can Stoke survive in the league without Pulis' style? Will the managerial change improve the club's position in the league table? Of course it's too early …
Arsenal Vs Stoke City Match Preview | Stats, Odds and Team News

Arsenal Vs Stoke City Match Preview | Stats, Odds and Team News

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side welcomes a totally different Stoke City side to the Emirates this weekend, with performances from Mark Hughes' Stoke so far this season showing they're going in a different direction to the Pulis era. Stoke City are currently sitting 7th in the table, unbeaten in their last three after losing to Liverpool in the first game of the season, and have looked impressive at times. Mark Hughes looks to have emphasised a less Begovic-to-Crouch pass combination, and …
Becca's EPL Round Up: Impressive Signings: Ozil & Eriksen & Poor Decisions

Becca's EPL Round Up: Impressive Signings: Ozil & Eriksen & Poor Decisions

The Premier League is back in full swing and following the closure of this Summer's transfer window, we were able to witness the talent of some of the new faces. Samuel Eto'o, Mezut Ozil (of course), and Christian Eriksen being some of the big names that featured this weekend. Eto'o played a part in Chelsea's 1-0 defeat away to Everton at Goodison Park. From the first look at his new English venture, it has to be said that it may …
Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 0 Manchester City 0 | Stats & Tactical Analysis

A scoreless draw was played out at the Britannia stadium between Stoke and Man City. Despite the lack of quality in the final third  both managers will be able to draw positives from this encounter which had contained nothing major from a tactical perspective but did show the continuation fo tactical trends that are underway. Line Ups Stoke began with a 4-2-3-1 formation under new manager Mark Hughes. Adams and Jones passed late fitness tests to take their place in …
Stoke City v Manchester City Match Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Stoke City v Manchester City Match Preview | Stats, Team News & Odds

Mark Hughes welcomes Manchester City to the Britannia Stadium this Saturday, in hope of snatching three points off his former employers. The current Stoke manager parted ways with City on frosty grounds, but Hughes has since then managed Fulham and QPR. Despite managing the West London clubs since leaving City, he has only taken one point off his former employers, with a 1-1 draw with Fulham at the Etihad in 2011. Some expect Stoke to be in the relegation dogfight; …
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