Stoke City vs Burnley: Premier League match preview

A look ahead into this weekend’s game at the Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City will be hosting the first meeting in almost 4 years against Burnley this Saturday. Burnley, promoted to the top-league again this year, are struggling at the bottom of the table having only collected seven points in 11 matches.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is confident their first win could cause a shift in their Premier League campaign. Dyche: “The season is reshaping already. These three points already gives it a different twist. It's amazing how much difference a win makes,” It was the first win of the Clarets since their 1-0 victory over Ipswich in the Championship last April 26th.

Having played 6 of the top 10 teams, Dyche see chances for his team after securing the full amount of points for the first time this season. “We knew we would win a game. A marker has been laid down now.” He continues: “But it is literally one game, so now it's about two, three, four or five and whether we can go on the road and take that forward.”

Stoke city captain Ryan Shawcross will try to put an end to Burnley’s aspirations on Saturday. Shawcross was recently the centre of discussion whether he should join Wales again or try and play for England after a two years absence from the international scene.

 

KICK OFF: 3pm, Saturday

PAST TWO MEETINGS:

Burnley  1 - 1  Stoke  (March 2010)  

Stoke  2 - 0  Burnley (August 2009)

STATS:

In 52 seasons at the highest level, Burnley FC secured two league titles.

Stoke City was founded in 1863 and is the second oldest professional football club in the world

ODDS:

Stoke to win 4/6

Draw 13/5

Burnley to win 9/2

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