Stoke City vs Arsenal
2017/18 English Premier League
Date: Saturday, 19th August 2017
Kick-off at 17:30 UK/ 18:30 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Stoke City fell to a narrow defeat to Everton at the Goodison Park on matchday 1. It was a drab match by all means with both teams showing little intent in going forward. Stoke has been slightly better, but they have little to show for their efforts.
Mark Hughes has plenty of problems to ponder up on in the opening weeks of the Premier League season. The departures of Marko Arnautovic, Jonathan Walters and Joselu had unsettled the attacking front, which was evident from their opening day display at the Merseyside. The did brought in former Real Madrid and PSG striker Jese, but he has scored just 5 times from his 30 appearances last season. We have also seen Stoke’s traditional home dominance diminishing last season. Under current circumstances, this could go rather worse.
Arsenal made a stunning start to their campaign with a 4-3 win over Leicester City. The went down twice in the game, but some spirited performance in the second half brought the ship back to shore.
There are plenty of positives to take away from the performance. Alexandre Lacazette scored within 8 minutes of his debut, while Olivier Giroud proved he is a vital part of this team by netting the team’s winner in the 85th minute. One can’t find much fault in the team letting in 3 goals against an offensive side like Leicester, with their three main center backs out with injuries and suspension.
Stoke City vs Arsenal: Head-to-head
The Gunners extended their unbeaten run over Stoke City to five games when the teams met at the Britannia Stadium last season. It was 4-1 thumping win, their first at Stoke since 2010. Meantime, Arsenal won 4 and drew 1 in their unbeaten run.
Stoke City vs Arsenal: Prediction
Last season, Stoke failed to get results against top teams in the league. Across home and away, a home draw against Manchester United is all they have to show, while losing against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham. They could struggle once agains with the team in a poor shape, especially the forward line-up yet to gel with new arrivals from the summer transfer window.