Stoke City Vs Chelsea Preview | Key Players, Stats & Team News

Stoke City Vs Chelsea Preview | Key Players, Stats & Team News

Chelsea continue their travels away from Stamford Bridge with a visit to Mark Hughes’ Stoke, who are struggling to turn performances into points. ‘A new dawn at Stoke!’ were the cries in the summer, but as we reach the first (full) weekend of December the club sits in 14th place and 4 points above the relegation zone. Obviously, changing the playing style at any club takes a period of time that is not always afforded to managers in modern-day football, …
The Keys to Stoke City's Success | Stats Analysis

The Keys to Stoke City's Success | Stats Analysis

Since arriving into the Premier League in 2008, Stoke City have stayed comfortably afloat but never surprised anyone. Tony Pulis's combative Potters established an identity as the Premier League's resident warriors, consistently grinding out points and attracting both plaudits and haters for their physically emphatic defending and "Route One" style attack. Stoke earned twelfth in their Premier League return, following with eleventh in 2009-10, thirteenth in 2010-11, and fourteenth in 2011-12. In addition, the Potters progressed to the knockout stage …
Selection Headache? David De Gea vs Anders Lindegaard

Selection Headache? David De Gea vs Anders Lindegaard

Manchester United have already conceded 23 goals this season. This is one more than they conceded in the entire 2007/2008 season. Although there are obviously many contributing factors to this - the absence of Nemanja Vidic and perhaps the higher  average number of goals scored per match in the EPL this season (2.81 goals) compared to the 2007/2008 season (2.64 goals), to name a few -  the importance of having a stable first-choice goalkeeper should not be underestimated.  Ferguson cited …
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