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STOKE CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AM

STOKE (4-2-3-1)

BUTLAND,

CAMERON, WOLLSCHEID, MUNIESA, PIETERS,

IMBULA, WHELAN,

SHAQIRI, AFELLAY, ARNAUTOVIC,

DIOUF

PELLE,

TADIC, S. DAVIS, MANE,

CLASIE, ROMEU,

BERTRAND, VAN DIJK, YOSHIDA, MARTINA,

FORSTER

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

After three wins and a draw from their last four outings, Stoke are eighth and have a total of 12 wins; they need four more victories from their remaining nine games to secure a record-high number of wins in the Barclays Premier League, beating their current record of 15, set last season. And if they finish eighth or higher that will also represent their best finish in the competition.

However, goals are not abundant at the Britannia Stadium. In 14 games there so far the fans have seen 30 goals (16 by Stoke, 14 from the opposition); only Arsenal (29), Manchester United (26) and Watford (25) have been involved in home games with fewer goals.

In November, Stoke won 1-0 at St Mary's Stadium with a goal from Bojan Krkic and they have never lost to the Saints at home in the Premier League, winning one and drawing two. Indeed, Southampton last won a top-flight game at Stoke in October 1984, in the old First Division.

Southampton have gone three games without a win and only avoided a third straight loss when Virgil van Dijk netted a last minute equaliser against Sunderland last weekend.

Saints had Jose Fonte sent off in that game and so he will be suspended for the trip to the Britannia Stadium. That was their fifth red of the season, more than any other Premier League team.

Stoke test Charlie Adams and Ryan Shawcross but Phil Bardsley, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson are still missing.

In addition to Fonte, Saints are also without the banned Victor Wanyama while Shane Long is a doubt and Charlie Austin, Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez remain on the sidelines.