Stoke vs Arsenal: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Premier League fixture at the Britannia Stadium

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The Independent Online

Arsenal are set for another tough test at the Britannia on Saturday as Arsene Wenger’s side head for their perennially tricky encounter against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.

Since Stoke joined the Premier League in 2008, the North London side have lost four times, drawn twice and won only once at Stoke in all competitions.

Wenger will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s 1-0 loss, when home fans mocked the Frenchman with banners labelling him a ‘hypocrite’.

KICK OFF: Saturday, 3pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Stoke 1 (Walters) Arsenal 0, Premier League, March 2014

Arsenal 3 (Ramsey, Mertesacker, Sagna) Stoke 1 (Cameron), Premier League, September 2013

Arsenal 1 (Podolski) Stoke 0, Premier League, February 2013

STATS…

Head to head record: 24 Stoke wins, 23 draws, 52 Arsenal wins.

Stoke have only scored six goals in six home games this season.

Arsenal have the joint second-best defensive record away from home in this campaign, conceding only seven goals in seven matches.

Arsene Wenger’s side have failed to score only once when playing away from home (2-0 loss to Chelsea).

ODDS…

Stoke to win: 4.1

Arsenal to win: 2.04

Draw: 3.65

TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10:20pm

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