Stoke City vs Bournemouth
England Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 19th November 2016,
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke City held West Ham to a 1-1 draw in their last league fixture and extended their unbeaten run to 6 matches. It is quite an improvement for Mark Hughes team who were at the bottom of the table in opening weeks, which saw them losing 4 matches in a row. The start was horrible as then went on for a 7 match winless streak. It took them until the end of October to earn their first win of the season with a 2-0 win at Hull on matchday 8. Stoke will pick up wins in next two to make it 3 in a row until the draw at West Ham temporarily halt their winning run.
Bournemouth on the other hand were defeated by Sunderland 2-1 at home in their last round fixture. The result handed them back to back defeats which came after an excellent 4 match unbeaten run. The Cherries are yet to win a match on the road this season as their previous 5 matches so far produced 2 draws and 3 losses.
Stoke City vs Bournemouth: Head-to-Head Stats
Stoke City defeated Bournemouth in both Premier League clashes of last season, 2-1 at home on September 2015 and 3-1 away on February 2016.
The Potters are unbeaten in the last 6 home matches against the Cherries and also kept clean sheets in 4 matches during the period. They have scored a minimum of 2 goals in each of the last 4 matches.
Stoke City vs Bournemouth: Prediction
Mark Hughes has some major injury concerns ahead of Stoke’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth. He is sweating on the fitness of Xherdan Shaqiri, Glen Johnson and Glenn Whelan, while Jack Butland and Geoff Cameron are already ruled out. The absentees will certainly affect the effectiveness of their games, especially Shaqiri is a big loss.
At the same time, we can rely upon Stoke with their current form and the head-to-head record against Bournemouth at the Britannia Stadium. Also, Bournemouth are yet to win a match away from home this season, but expect the visitors to give a tough test to the hosts.
Stoke City vs Bournemouth: Bet Tips
Stoke City to win at 13/10 (2.30)
Over 2.5 goals at (1/1) 2.00.