Stoke City: Back-to-back losses (Recent Form: LLDDWL)
Stoke are on 16th place in Premier League, with just 3 points of advantage over the relegation zone. ‘The Potters’ are in poor shape, being winless in last 4 and with 2 consecutive defeats so players realize they need to improve. “The only way we can rectify that is by picking up positive results though, so we need to start doing that. Once we get that win then I am sure plenty more will follow and we will soon move forward. We need to win the game on Saturday, and if we can do that then we will start moving up the table – I am sure,” said Shaqiri. Manager Mark Hughes also shared his thoughts: “If you look at Swansea, they have good quality, especially at the top end of the pitch. They may view tomorrow’s game as one to get their season going but we will have something to say about that.” Butland and Ireland are ruled out, Choupo-Moting is a doubt.
Swansea: Four matches without a single goal (Recent Form: LDLLLL)
Swansea sit on 9th position in the standings with 9 points. ‘The Swans’ are in poor form and they failed to find the net in last 4 matches. Now it’s time for away encounter. “I believe we have a very important game coming up against Stoke. I think we need to treat it like a cup final – it’s really important. We are five games away from halfway through the season and we are on nine points. We have got to try to get as many points as we can before halfway and then we will know exactly what we have to do in the second half of the season,” said manager Paul Clement. Bartley and Federico Fernandez are unavailable.
To sum up, it seems that this might be an interesting clash with a couple of goals. Both Stoke and Swansea need all 3 points so perhaps this could be an open game with action and goals.
Stoke City vs Swansea
Pick: over 1.75 goals @1.53