Stoke City vs Southampton
England Premier League.
Date: Wednesday, 14th December 2016,
Kick-off at 19:45 UK.
Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent.
Stoke City lost 1-3 to Arsenal on matchday 13, despite taking an early lead at the Emirates Stadium. This was a fixture that traditionally bears no fruits for the Potters. However, they were expected to do better, especially when coming on the back of some fine form. Stoke’s poor start to the campaign still keep them at the bottom half of the league table. They are currently 11th with 19 points, while their Wednesday’s guest Southampton are 10th with 20 points.
Southampton were made to work hard by a defensive Middlesbrough, but they finally managed to sneak through and grab a deserved 1-0 win. Of all the problems faced by Claude Puel’s men, their home form still remains formidable. They lost only once in the 8 matches so far, while accumulating 4 wins and 3 draws. At the same time, their away record so far is totally opposite and managed just 1 win and 2 draws from the 7 matches so far, losing 4. They are currently win-less in the last 4, with the latest 2 being defeats to strugglers Crystal Palace and Hull City.
Stoke City vs Southampton: Head-to-head stats
Southampton came to the Britannia stadium and returned with a 2-1 win when the sides met in the Premier League last season. This broke Stoke City’s 5 match unbeaten run at home against the Saints in league matches in which they picked 2 wins and 3 draws.
Both teams have scored in the last 8 matches at the Britannia Stadium between the two in all competitions. And 7 of those have seen over 2.5 goals.
Southampton led the last 9 head-to-head meetings against Stoke in all venues with 3 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats.
Stoke City vs Southampton: Prediction
Sunderland are tipped as favourites by many bookmakers for this particular clash. But we believe that Stoke City have the better chance to come out as winners on the basis of their recent home form. To add to this, Southampton were poor on the road all though out the season. However, this will be a tight clash, but expect Mark Hughes men to edge a narrow win here.
The predicted full-time score for this match is a 2-1 win for Stoke City at the odds of 13.00 (12/1).
Stoke City vs Southampton: Bet Tips
Over 2.5 goals at 2.15 (23/20)
Both Teams to Score at 1.90 (10/11)
Stoke City to win at 3.10 (23/10).