Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Southampton have doubts over duo for Stoke clash

Southampton have doubts over duo for Stoke clash

As for Stoke City, they will be aiming to end their torrid away run, which has seen the club not pick up a win on the road since late October, and the supporters may see the trip to Hampshire as the ideal opportunity to kick-start their strides for safety.

Stoke boss Paul Lambert believes it is a good point for his side after a draw at Southampton and says he is loving the pressure situation down at the bottom of the Premier League.

Look at the table and three points takes you to 13th I think.

It is an absolutely huge clash and neither side dare contemplate the prospect of defeat but first and foremost, the most pertinent question is whether the game will actually go ahead. "We lost Mame and that was a blow because I thought he started the game well". The Saints have picked up seven points in their last six games to get out of the relegation zone.

"With Joe [Hart] not playing at the moment it's kind of opened the door a little bit, he's still an incredible keeper and England's number one, but for the others its an opportunity for other players to show what they're about and try and stake a claim for the number one spot". They could lose three league games in a row against them for the first time.

It is eight league games - dating to November 26 - since Southampton tasted success at St. Mary's Stadium.

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The Potters have won their last two league visits to St Mary's, both by a 1-0 scoreline.

Indeed in total, the Saints have won just three of their last 20 home games drawing eight and losing nine.

Manolo Gabbiadini ended a run of 16 games without a goal in all competitions for Southampton last time out - he has not scored in consecutive games for them since March 2017, when he scored in his first four appearances for the club. They have conceded 54 goals in 28 games, which ultimately could lead to their demise.

Crouch is one short of becoming Stoke's outright all-time leading Premier League goalscorer. Offensively, Stoke have leaned heavily on Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

Probability of away win: 19%.

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