Stoke to hoax Norwich?

Last updated: January 8, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Wednesday, 7:45pm
Venue: Britannia Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWLD
Away form: WWLWD
Last season: 0-1
Competition: The Premier League

The Potters perform really well when playing at the Britannia Stadium. They have collected 29 points and if they keep up the good results, Stoke can qualify for participation in the European tournaments. People started to call The Potters – ‘Stokalona’ because of the new signed players and the new playing style of the team. And Mark Hughes’ players have shown significant improvement since the beginning of the season.

Stoke City won 6 of their last 10 home matches (all competitions). The Potters lost only two of these games. Furthermore, they have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 matches at the Britannia Stadium. The stats in The Premiership sound even more impressive: 8 clean sheets in Stoke’s last 13 matches. That’s because of Jack Butland’s great performance. He has conceded only 21 goals this season.

The Canaries have recently performed really well. Norwich won 3 of their last 5 Premiership matches. They even beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford. The Canaries lost only to Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Furthermore, Norwich won their last two matches without conceding a goal (2-0 vs. Aston Villa and 1-0 vs. Southampton).

Team News

The manager of Norwich Alex Neil doesn’t have any problems with injured players. He can play his best for the upcoming fixture.

Stephen Ireland of Stoke City has received an injury. The Irish player will surely miss the game against The Canaries. Ireland has appeared on only 6 occasions so far.

Shay Given and Marc Muniesa are also injured for The Potters. Muniesa has a hamstring problem, while the goalkeeper is suffering from a knee injury.

Geoff Cameron’s ban has expired. The American international was sent off when Stoke lost 2-1 to West Bromwich in the last round of The Premier League.

Quotes of the week

mark hughes
Mark Hughes (Stoke) :
“Bojan is very happy here and we are very happy with him.”

alex neil
Alex Neil (Norwich) :
“My task was to get us promoted and then keep us in the league, so we are doing okay at the moment.”

Expected line-ups:

Stoke (4-2-3-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Wollscheid, Shawcross, Cameron, Whelan, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan.
Subs Haugaard, Bardsley, Diouf, Walters, van Ginkel, Adam, Crouch.
Injured: Given, Muniesa, Ireland.
Not available:
Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Tettey, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Dorrans, Jarvis, Rudd, Bennett, Whittaker, Grabban, Mulumbu.
Not available:

Key Battle

arnautovic Arnautovic this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
18 (1) 1557 7 1,9 3 1 2 0
brady Brady this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
20 1789 1 1,6 1 3 2 0

So far this season

. . .
Stoke this season Norwich this season
10 League Position 15
4 (4) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
2-0 vs. Man United and Man City Biggest win 3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (2)
4 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (6)
0-2 to Watford, Sunderland and Arsenal Biggest Defeat 2-6 to Newcastle
Arnautovic (7) Top scorer Redmond (4)
Johnson, Arnautovic, Shaqiri (3) Assist Leader Hoolahan (6)
Y29, R4 Discipline Y32, R2
7 Failures to score 5
8 Clean Sheets 3
7 Both Teams to Score Games 12
6 Over 2.5 Games 10
14 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • The last match between these two teams ended with a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in August 2015. Diouf opened for Stoke, but Martin equalized until the end of the first half.
  • Norwich usually find play very difficult at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke have won 12 of 20 home matches against The Canaries. Norwich have recorded only 4 wins.
  • The Canaries have lost 5 of their last 6 visits in The Premier League. Norwich won maybe their most difficult match away from Carrow Road (2-1 vs. Manchester United).
  • Norwich are still in the battle for staying in the league. The Canaries have collected 23 points so far and are just 6 away from 18th place.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
22/08/15 The Premier League Norwich 1-1 Stoke Diouf 11′
08/03/14 The Premier League Norwich 1-1 Stoke B. Johnson 56′
29/09/13 The Premier League Stoke 0-1 Norwich Howson 34′
27/04/13 The Premier League Stoke 1-0 Norwich C. Adam 46′
03/11/12 The Premier League Norwich 1-0 Stoke B. Johnson 44′