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Chelsea 1-0 Stoke: Oscar Strikes To Knock Out Limited Potters

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The only goal came on just before the half hour, Oscar bending a free kick from 22 yards out into the far left corner after a foul on Samuel Eto’o by Erik Pieters, as Chelsea beat Stoke by a single goal at Stamford Bridge.

The first half started at a fast tempo, and both sides had a good chance to open the score. Inside the first six minutes Samuel Eto’o received the ball with his back to goal inside of the box, turned and fired inches wide of the far post, then peter Crouch headed wide from four yards after Simon Walters cross was deflected.

The game began to settle as both sides struggled for momentum, but that changed when Oscar showed his dead ball prowess. In the final five minutes of the half the game really opened, Frank Lampard coming so close to tapping
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Chelsea vs Stoke: Fa Cup Preview, Team News & Likely Line-Ups

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Stoke City won their last meeting with Chelsea in December, but it was their first victory in 13 attempts. In among those encounters were ten Blues wins, including a 7-0 and 4-0.

Mark Hughes thus achieved something predecessor Tony Pulis never did by beating his former club. Now the Potters travel to Stamford Bridge in the last tie of Fa Cup fourth round weekend. Stoke reached the final in 2011, but were runners-up to Manchester City.

No team in England has dominated this competition like Chelsea in recent years. They have featured in four of the last seven Fa Cup finals, winning all of them. The first of those came in 2007 during Jose Mourinho’s first spell as Blues boss.

The Potters have lost four of their last six matches, but their single recent win came in the cup when they knocked Championship leaders Leicester City out in the last round.
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Stoke 3-5 Liverpool: Five-Star Reds Best Potters In Eight-Goal Thriller

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Liverpool finally recorded a Premier League win at Stoke City thanks to an own goal, Steven Gerrard’s penalty, a Luis Suarez brace and Daniel Sturridge scoring late on.

The visitors had never tasted victory at the Britannia, but got it here despite being pegged back to 2-2 at half time after leading 2-0. Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam came back to haunt their old club, restoring the Potters’ parity following early defensive errors which Aly Cissokho and Suarez profited from.

Raheem Sterling then won a soft penalty, however, and the returning Sturridge set Suarez up for a second. Jon Walters set up a grandstand finish, but Mark Hughes and his team went down 5-3 as Sturridge sunk Stoke at the death.

Brendan Rodgers’s Reds went ahead inside five minutes in fortuitous fashion. Cissokho saw his speculative effort take a massive deflection off home captain
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Stoke vs Liverpool: Match Preview, Team News & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Sunday, 12 January; Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke On Trent; Kickoff: 16:10 GMT

Liverpool travel to Stoke City on Sunday searching for their first league win in the Potteries for 30 years.

The Reds have recorded victories in other domestic competitions, including coming from behind courtesy of Luis Suarez’s brace in October 2011 en route to winning the League Cup.

Stoke have won each of their last three home Premier League matches with Liverpool and unbeaten at the Britannia in this fixture since returning to the top flight. Mark Hughes’s men are also unbeaten in their last seven on their own turf.

Brendan Rodgers’s improving Reds suffered a setback in their mission to deliver Champions League football with successive defeats between Christmas and New Year to Manchester City and Chelsea. The Potters found little cheer over the festive period either, picking up just one point from nine available.
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Stoke 0-2 Man Utd: Ashley Young Inspires Red Devils To Semi-Finals

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Ashley Young scored his first club goal since May 2012 as Manchester United survived stormy weather to win at Stoke City in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. David Moyes’s Red Devils edged a match of few chances with captain Patrice Evra also on target.

Young fired wide into the side-netting for United as hosts Stoke survived an early scare. Anderson then worked Thomas Sorensen in the home goal with a low effort midway through the first half.

Referee Mark Clattenburg briefly brought the players off amid a hailstorm. The delay lasted about eight minutes. Just before half time both Red Devils centre backs almost combined for a corner when Chris Smalling nodded across to the unsuspecting Jonny Evans.

Just after the hour the visitors went ahead as Young emphatically ended his goal drought, smashing home after a one-two with sub Javier Hernandez. Evans then looped a header
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Stoke vs Chelsea – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

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Date: Saturday, December 7 Venue: Britannia Stadium Kick-Off: 15:00

Can Chelsea keep pace with table-toppers Arsenal when they travel to Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday?

Team News

Stoke City defender Robert Huth will miss this match against his former side, meaning Marc Wilson is in line to retain his place in the starting XI.

Manager Mark Hughes has no other injury concerns.

Chelsea could again be without David Luis (knee) and Oscar (ankle) after the duo missed Wednesday’s win at Sunderland.

Gary Cahill should retain his place in the heart of defence alongside John Terry while Juan Mata is expected to start in midfield.

Key Stats

Stoke haven’t beaten Chelsea in any competition since their victory in the League Cup second-round replay in 1995 – manager Mark Hughes played for the Blues that day.

Chelsea have won their last three league games, scoring 10 goals.

The Potters
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Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland – Match Report

There wasn’t much to inspire either set of spectators in this drab draw in Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium on Wednesday night, as Wales and the Republic of Ireland played out a 0-0 scoreline.

The best of the chances fell to West Brom striker Shane Long, who had 2 good chances either side of the break. Paddy Madden and Robbie Brady also had good chances for the visitors, who dominated a dreadful match. Neither side managed a shot on target in the first half; the first save of the game was made by Sunderland keeper Kieran Westwood; diving to smother a Craig Bellamy free-kick.

Wales looked frankly toothless without the talismanic Gareth Bale, who watched from the sidelines, and will not relish their final qualifying games, unless they can seriously improve their form. Ireland were on top for much of the second half, and their inability to take chances will worry their Italian manager Giovanni Trappatoni.

England vs Republic Of Ireland: Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Wednesday, 29th May K/o: 20:00 BST Team News

Left back Ashley Cole will captain England for tonight’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium.

Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson will be without five players tonight with Kyle Walker (fibula), Tom Cleverly (calf), Steven Gerrard (shoulder), Andy Carroll (heel) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) all pulling out of the squad with respective injuries.

Green Army manager Giovanni Trapattoni will be without Stoke’s Marc Wilson (calf), meaning Reading full-back Stephen Kelly will take his place in the back four while Sean St Ledger is expected to partner John O’Shea in the centre of defence.

Robbie Keane has gained permission from Mls side La Galaxy to play, and will partner West Brom’s Shane Long up front.

Key Stats

England have not beaten Ireland in any of their last five encounters.

This is Ireland

Stoke vs Tottenham – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

After Chelsea’s victory from the claws of defeat at Villa Park yesterday, it now looks like it’ll be a fight to the death between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for the final Champions League slot. The Gunners are favourites with the extra point and in reality, two extra points, given the their vastly superior goal difference over their North London rivals, but Spurs will be hoping to push it all the way to the final day of the season with a victory in front of the Sky Cameras at the Britannia Stadium today.

For the home side, Monday’s point at the Stadium of Light had all but guaranteed their Premier League status for another season, but they weren’t officially safe until Villa threw away two points at home to Chelsea yesterday. Although Wigan can still catch them, because The Latics play Villa on the final day of the season,

Sunderland vs Stoke: Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Stadium of Light Date: Monday, 6th May K/o: 20:00 BST Team News

Sunderland will be without Stephane Sessegnon who is now banned for the rest of the season following his red card at Aston Villa last week.

Connor Wickham is also expected to miss out with a calf injury.

Stoke have a trio of injury complaints with Marc Wilson (hamstring), Andy Wilkinson (back) and midfielder Glenn Whelan (groin) all doubts.

Matthew Etherington could be handed a start however after the winger returned from a back injury as a substitute last weekend.

Key Stats

Sunderland are unbeaten in their four previous Premier League home meetings with Stoke, keeping four clean sheets in the process (W3, D1).

However, The Black Cats failed to muster a single shot on target in the 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium back in October.

Stoke have won their last two Premier League matches, having

Qpr vs Stoke – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Loftus Road Date: Saturday, 20th April K/o: 15:00 Team News

Queens Park Rangers will once again be without Bobby Zamora for this weekend’s visit of Stoke, with the striker serving the second of his three-match suspension.

Loic Remy is likely therefore to continue his role as a lone-forward although Harry Redknapp could opt to pair him in attack with Jay Bothroyd if he goes for a 4-4-2 formation.

Left-back Armand Traore is pushing for contention having recovered from a calf problem.

Stoke look as though they will once more be without winger Matthew Etherington, with the 31-year old still struggling with the back injury that ruled him out of the 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Marc Wilson could return, however, while manager Tony Pulis remains hopeful “one or two players with niggles” will be fit.

Key Stats

Qpr only have one win in their last six Premier League games.

Stoke City vs Man Utd – Team News & Match Preview

Manchester United will be looking to bounce back after Monday’s defeat to neighbours City by overcoming a tough test at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke City have only lost three games at home this season but currently ly in 15th place in the Premier League and are right in the relegation mixer, mainly due to their poor away form with one away win all season. The Potters are just three points above the relegation zone going into today’s game.

After defeat in the Fa Cup against Chelsea and then the home loss to Manchester City on Monday night ending United’s 18-game unbeaten league run, Sir Alex Ferguson would of had stern words with this team ahead of this Sunday’s clash with the Potters but the Reds will want to rediscover that winning form and hope Robin Van Persie can end his goal draught which has seen him

Arsenal vs Stoke – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Venue: Emirates Stadium Date: Saturday, 2nd February K/o: 15:00 Team News

Arsenal could hand a debut to Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal after he completed his transfer deadline day move from Malaga.

Fellow left-back Kieran Gibbs is still out with a thigh injury, while Thomas Vermaelen is a doubt with an ankle complaint.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta could return from the calf injury that has ruled him out of his side’s last four Premier League games, but forward Yao Gervinho is still contesting the African Cup of Nations.

Stoke’s new signing Brek Shea will not feature despite being granted a work permit after joining on transfer deadline day – a pre-existing foot injury rules him out of contention.

Fellow new recruit Jack Butland has been loaned straight back to Birmingham City for the remainder of the season.

Stoke have no fresh injury concerns, though defender Marc Wilson is still out with an ankle injury.

Tottenham vs Stoke – Match Preview

Venue: White Hart Lane Date: Saturday, December 22nd K/O: 15:00

Team News

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale makes his much anticipated return from a hamstring injury this weekend.

Long term absentee defenders Assou-Ekotto (lack of match fitness) and Kaboul (knee) remain out however, whilst forward Adeybayor is carrying a hamstring injury.

Stoke have no fresh injury concerns, though are still without defender Marc Wilson (ankle) and midfielder Rory Delap (hernia).

Match Preview

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen recently claimed the club could prosper without Gareth Bale, though results prove otherwise as Spurs have picked up just three points during the Welshman’s two week absence.

That one win came against Swansea last week and has put the London club in the ascendancy going into this tie however, as they come up against a Stoke side that has won just once all month. It’s tight in the middle of the pack this season however,

Stoke City vs Bolton Wanderers – Match Preview

Bolton Wanderers travel to the Britannia Stadium to take on Stoke knowing that a victory may not even be enough to secure Premier League football next season. In the unlikely event of Queens Park Rangers defeating Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, a win would still see Bolton relegated.

Kick-off time is at 3pm and the match is not televised live anywhere in the UK.

Stoke could be missing left-back Marc Wilson who was brought off at half-time in last weekend’s defeat to Queens Park Rangers with a back problem. Manager Tony Pulis will assess him before today’s game to prove his fitness.

Defender Andy Wilkinson (groin) and Jermaine Pennant (hamstring) should be fit for the game, whilst Denmark international ‘keeper Thomas Sorensen will hope to play in goal to build up some more match fitness ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament.

For Bolton boss Owen Coyle, Nigel Reo-Coker
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Valencia vs Stoke – Europa League Match Preview

Team news ahead of Stoke City’s make or break Europa League second leg match against Valencia at the Estadi de Mestalla. Kick-off for this evening’s match has an earlier time of 7pm and is screened live on Espn television in the UK.

Stoke travel to Valencia trying to overcome a 1-0 deficit but do know that all goals they score tonight will be away ones.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis will be missing a number of first team players for tonight’s game with Dean Whitehead, Ryan Shawcross, Jon Waters, Matthew Etherington, Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch not traveling to Spain. Pulis has revealed both injury and fatigue from their large amount of games they have played recently has forced him to leave some players back home.

In fact Pulis has only taken 15 players to travel with him to Spain, leaving only three outfield players on the bench.
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Stoke City vs Qpr – Match Preview

Stoke lost 5-0 last time out to Bolton, Owen Coyle described Wanderers’ victory as “revenge” after Pulis’ side beat Bolton 5-0 in the Fa Cup semi final last year. The Potters have lost their last three matches and conceded eight goals in their last two fixtures which is very unlike Stoke. They are on a bad run and coach Tony Pulis knows he needs a win soon as he said “We know we are on a bad run of form. We are playing well but just not finishing our chances. It’s a huge transition as we are now playing in Europe and are a established Premiership team. A win and it’ll all be ok again.” This is a game where Stoke should be realistically looking to win, especially as they are on home turf and very dangerous at the Britannia Stadium.

Queens Park Rangers sit 11th in the league table on 12 points.
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Bolton Wanderers vs Stoke City – Match Preview

When Bolton manager Owen Coyle takes a look at the statistics for why his club are struggling second bottom at the foot of the Premier League there will be one worrying conclusion he will come too. His Bolton side can’t win at home, and if you can’t win your home games in this league, it’s generally 18th or below where you end up come May.

So far this season they have played five games at home, failing to get a point against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea (no shame there) but not only did they fail to beat Norwich City and Sunderland, they were also overturned by those sides as well. In their last home game a down on their luck Sunderland comfortably beat a negative Bolton side 2-0 and it’s been misery upon misery for the Wanderers fans to pay for the privilege of watching.
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Match Preview: Sunderland vs. Stoke City

The one song that Steve Bruce probably wouldn’t appreciate hearing on the radio driving through to work for today’s 3pm Premier League tie against Stoke at The Stadium of Light would be David Bowie’s “Under Pressure”. Though in truth, the track would be apt and there’s already some predicting he might be the first manager to get the chop this season if he doesn’t have a good run of games between now and Halloween.

His side’s fall from grace has been well documented. Sunderland were pushing for a European spot back in January but the departure of star striker Darren Bent, a lengthy injury period for Danny Welbeck and the failure to replace either of them coincided with a freefall the likes of which England’s Premier division has rarely seen, earning just 12 points from a possible 54 on offer… just 3 wins in 18 attempts. Bruce
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Stoke City vs. Liverpool – Match Preview

A lot can change in the space of a year, as anyone connected to Liverpool Football Club will know all too well. With new owners, changes in management, signings and departures, there has been dramatic and much needed change at the club.

Going into their fourth Premier League fixture this time last season, Liverpool had started bleakly, managing a point in their opening fixture at home to Arsenal, letting the three points slip from their grasps when Pepe Reina fumbled the ball into his own net on the 90 minute mark, a sign of things to come.

The Reds then found themselves on the receiving end of a 3-0 battering from a Manchester City team with a new lease of life and expensive flare, something Roy Hodgson’s men were evidently lacking. A goal from a certain Fernando Torres helped Liverpool to squeeze past West Brom in an unconvincing win, before
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