Who Is Stoke's New Record Transfer: Giannelli Imbula Player Profile

Who Is Stoke's New Record Transfer: Giannelli Imbula Player Profile

While deadline day 2016 was considered a quiet one, we still saw the biggest move in England transpire and a team break their transfer record.  This happened with Stoke City's £18.3m signing of Belgian born midfielder Giannelli Imbula.  After breaking their transfer window just six months ago with the signing of Xherdan Shaqiri, Stoke have continued to be ambitious in the transfer window. Imbula made a summer move from Olympique de Marseille to FC Porto for about £15.1m.  While it was …
Have Manchester United Finally Come Out Of Hiding?

Have Manchester United Finally Come Out Of Hiding?

One can be forgiven for struggling to believe what was going on at Old Trafford when Manchester United managed to put two goals past Stoke City inside the first 45 minutes after a dozen games without scoring at home in the Premier League. A dozen halves at Old Trafford without registering a goal - six full games, in theory, whichever way we look at it, Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United typifies mediocrity and cowardice for most of this campaign. The …
Wembley Bound Liverpool Struggle Against Stoke

Wembley Bound Liverpool Struggle Against Stoke

You would have thought I'd have known better at my age when I thought Liverpool would sail through the second leg of the Capital One Cup Semi-Final at home against Stoke City no bother. I think there would have been a better chance of me winning tonight's Euro millions lottery than that happening. Liverpool started the brighter of the two teams but for me manager Jürgen Klopp made a mistake in his selection, he should have played Joe Allen instead …
January Transfer Window - Midway Review

January Transfer Window - Midway Review

This January transfer window hasn’t been particularly busy. Smaller sides are bringing in squad players while the Big Six (or so) are taking their precious time. Especially in England, money is always the key. But January, as we’ve seen, requires a higher price to pry the world’s best and most promising away from clubs who need them for the remainder of the season. While the window has been rather dead so far, that doesn’t mean that deals haven’t been made. …
Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City vs Arsenal Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On January 17th, title contenders Arsenal travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke City.  The Britannia has always been a bogey ground for Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger's men will look too overcome their past defeats and come away with the three points.  Despite conceding in the last minute to Liverpool, the Gunners still look to be title favourites after Manchester City's draw at home to Everton.  Three points away to Stoke could prove vital in the quest for …
Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

Stoke City v. Liverpool | League Cup Semi-Final Preview

The recent history of this fixture gets fans of either side in a twist before kickoff.  The Britannia stadium is host to a team in peculiar form at the moment.  Stoke have looked a revitalized side in several big-game matches: 4-3 at Everton, and 2-0 against both Manchester United and Manchester City in the month of December.  But, in the very same month, the Potters have lost to West Brom and Crystal Palace while playing West Ham to a draw. No …
Stoke City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Stoke City vs Manchester United Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

The situation does not seem to be improving at Old Trafford. The continued mediocre performance on the ground has fuelled speculation that Louis Van Gaal is on his way out of the club. They make the gruelling trip to Brittania stadium this weekend in the Boxing day fixture. Stoke City, who have garnered 10 points in the last games will be hoping to take advantage of United’s wretched form and make positive additions to their points tally. Team News Stoke …
Stoke City Vs Chelsea Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

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

Everybody seems to be revelling in Chelsea’s misfortune. Eleven points from eleven games is their worst points tally at this stage of a Premier League season, surpassing their previous low of 13 in both 1992 and 1993. It is the worst defence of a Premier League title since its inception (Blackburn Rovers managed 14 points from 11 games in 1995). To make matters worse, they have already let in more goals then they did in the whole of their title-winning …
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