Premiership action at the Britannia Stadium, the game will see 9th placed Stoke City host 16th placed Sunderland in a 15:00 kick off. The home team Stoke have had quite a good season in my opinion, manager Mark Hughes has done a great job since taking over from Tony Pulis. Stoke have been very consistent since gaining promotion to the Premier League, they’ve become a very stable team and they are also very difficult to beat at the Britannia. Their last 6 home games in the league has seen 4 wins and 2 defeats (the 2 defeats were to Man City and in-form Palace).
I know Stoke don’t really have much to play for, however, I think a win here will see them almost guarantee a top 8 finish. This for the Stoke fans will be deemed as a good season I’d think considering how little they’ve spent compared to other teams in and around them. Team news for Stoke is that Odemwingie could make a return, also, Ireland is available, however, Muniesa might not make the team due to injury. Also, Stoke are just 4 points away from beating their tally of last season (50 points), this will be a club record, this will help motivate Hughes to get it drilled into the team.
Sunderland on the other hand have not had a great season thus far and since they sacked manager Poyet things haven’t been great for Advocat and his team, they have some decent players however, they just don’t seem to be playing as a team. They head into the game in poor form, especially away from home, Sunderland have not won away from home in the league since their 1-0 victory over local rivals Newcastle back in December 2014!! Also, they have won just once in their last 9 league games (home and away) and that again was a 1-0 home win over local rivals Newcastle…Again!
Sunderland are still in trouble and find themselves just above the relegation zone, they are on just 29 points, just 1 point more than Leicester City. I think Stoke have a far better work ethic and as a result I think Stoke should win this game. Team news for Sunderland is that Adam Johnson is still available despite his off the field antics! Larsson, Fletcher Brown, Giaccherini and Alvarez are all unavailable. I’ll be backing a Stoke City win @ 1.95 with Betvictor. Good Luck all.
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