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Stoke City still have chances for The Top 6!

Last updated: March 17, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WLLDW
Away form: LDWWW
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

The Potters are lying in 9th place with 43 points collected and Stoke City still have a chance for participation in the European tournaments next season. They are only 4 points behind 6th-place Manchester United and need to achieve a victory against Watford, in order to get closer to The Red Devils. Moreover, Mark Hughes’ players lost only 1 of their last 5 Premier League matches.

The Hornets are among the pleasant surprises of the season. Watford proceeded to the semi-finals of The FA Cup, after a sensational 2-1 away victory over Arsenal last weekend. Guedioura’s clinical strike sent The Hornets into the next stage of the tournament. In addition, Watford have almost ensured their place in The Premier League for next season. So, there will be no pressure for Quique Sanchez Flores and his players until the end of the campaign.

Stoke City haven’t won a game against The Hornets since 4th December 2004 when The Potters beat Watford at Vicarage Road 1-0. It’s interesting that the last 7 matches between these two teams finished with the option of ‘both teams to score – NO’. Two of these games finished with a 0-0 draw. So, you mustn’t expect lots of goals.


Team News

Glen Johnson will surely not be selected in Mark Hughes’ starting eleven. The right full back is suffering from a knee injury.

Shay Given and Marc Wilson are the other injured players in Stoke City’s squad. Both also have problems with their knees.

Quique Sanchez Flores is expected to play his best players against Stoke City. The only injured players in Watford’s squad are Ekstrand and Gilmartin.

Phil Bardsley has recovered from his injury. The ex-Manchester United defender was suffering from a calf muscle strain.

Quotes of the week

coach quique sanches Quique Sanchez Flores (Watford) : “I always remember we are working for the fans. We are working hard and we are trying to represent their Watford.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke City) : “You can make mistakes and I understand that, it’s just infuriating when you have discussed situations.”


Expected line-ups:

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Watford (4-3-3): Gomes, Ake, Cathcart, Prodl, Nyom, Capoue, Behrami, Guedioura, Watson, Ighalo, Deeney.
Subs Jurado, Oulare, Abdi, Anya, Holebas, Pantilimon, Amrabat.
Injured: Gilmartin, Ekstrand.
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Cameron, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Imbula, Whelan, Diouf, Afellay, Shaqiri, Arnautovic.
Subs Haugaard, Ireland, Bojan, Walters, Muniesa, Joselu, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Wilson, Johnson.
Doubtful:
Not available:

So far this season

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Watford this season Stoke City this season
14 League Position 9
5 (5) (at home) Wins (away) 7 (5)
3-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Norwich
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (5)
6 (6) (at home) Losses (away) 6 (5)
0-3 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton, Leicester and Manchester United
Ighalo (14) Top scorer Arnautovic (10)
Deeney (6) Assist Leader Shaqiri (5)
Y54, R2 Discipline Y38, R4
12 Failures to score 11
10 Clean Sheets 10
11 Both Teams to Score Games 12
12 Over 2.5 Games 13
17 Under 2.5 Games 17
  • The Hornets have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 Premiership matches. Watford won only 1 of these matches (2-1 vs. Crystal Palace).
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 5 of Watford’s last 6 Premier League games. Quique Sanchez Flores’ players conceded only 4 goals in their net.
  • Stoke City have won only 2 of their last 7 Premier League games away from The Britannia Stadium. However, The Potters have kept a clean sheet in 5 of 15 away games this season.
  • There have been only 3 draws in 23 matches between these two teams. All of them are with the correct score of 0-0. So, if one of the teams scores – there will be no draw!

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
24/10/15 The Premier League Stoke 0-2 Watford T. Deeney 43′
15/03/08 The Championship Watford 0-0 Stoke
09/12/07 The Championship Stoke 0-0 Watford
14/01/06 The Championship Watford 1-0 Stoke
10/09/05 The Championship Stoke 0-3 Watford