Stoke City vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City entertain neighbours Leicester on Saturday, off the back of an impressive win at the Etihad in their last Premier League game.

The Potters have had a solid start to the league this season and they will be hoping they can pick up their first three home points of the season, after they lost their opening home match to Aston Villa. After finishing an impressive ninth last season, Mark Hughes and his men will be hoping they can match or even better that feat. 

Mame Diouf, who scored a brilliant individual goal last time out - will be the man Stoke hope can carry the goalscoring mantel,  following Peter Odemwingie’s knee injury ruling him out for a number of months.

Leicester will also be pleased with their start, gaining home draws with Everton and Arsenal, while performing admirably at Stamford Bridge during a narrow defeat. With surviving relegation their obvious target, Nigel Pearson knows his team will be in for a long season but if they continue to play as well as they have, then they will definitely be in with a chance come the end of the season.

Record signing Leonardo Ulloa has impressed since he joined the club from Brighton, scoring two goals in three league games. A number of new signings including Danny Simpson and Esteban Cambiasso will be hoping they can make their debuts during this weekend’s game.

 

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Stoke 2 (Jones, Adam) Leicester 1 (Nugent), FA Cup, January 2014

Stoke 0 Leicester 0, Championship, May 2008

Leicester 1 (Fryatt) Stoke 1 (Fuller), September 2007

STATS…

The Potters are unbeaten in five home meetings with Leicester in all competitions (W4 D1)

Leicester City are without a clean sheet in 11 Premier League games; the longest run of any current top-flight side

The Potters, who lost 1-0 to Aston Villa on the opening day, have not lost consecutive home league games since April 2013

The Foxes have blocked 25 opposition shots so far this season; at least 10 more than any other team in the Premier League

Stoke are the only Premier League side yet to net in the first-half in 2014-15

ODDS…

Stoke to win: 2.1

Leicester to win: 3.9

Draw: 3.3

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.50pm.

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