Southampton have been on good form this year, sitting comfortably away from the relegation zone and even with a chance of making it into Europe. Their coming fixtures are also kind, so the Saints will look for maximum points and possibly mixing in with the big boys. Rickie Lambert, recently back from injury, will lead the line with Steven Davis playing behind the English striker.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters, N’Zonzi, Whelan, Odemwingie, Adam, Walters, Crouch
Mark Hugh’s men will head to St. Mary’s in good spirits after inflicting an eight defeat to champions Manchester United at the Brittania last weekend. They can also welcome back Steven N’Zonzi from injury, which will allow two-goal hero Charlie Adam to push further forward. However Stoke’s away form has been dismal, managing only one win and two draws in twelve matches.
— Chris Droz (@Drosdzowski) February 3, 2014
New d.p will stand until Stoke lose. And given our next match is Southampton away that will only be a few days
— Jeremy Collins (@johny_smith5) February 3, 2014
Stoke fans.. I’d be happier with a point against Southampton this season than 3 against utd, pipe down.. Lol
— Greaves (@LukeGreaves18) February 3, 2014
Stoke score a first minute goal through Asmir Begovic. Wait who???
You could pick any of the Southampton scorers in their last game, but we will go with Jay Rodriguez to be amongst the points in this one.
Southampton vs Stoke: An Alternative Preview
Southampton have taken eight points from their last four Barclays Premier League games.
All three meetings between Southampton and Stoke in the Barclays Premier League have ended as draws.
Charlie Adam has scored three of Stoke’s last four Premier League goals.
Southampton have collected 1.8 points per game when goalkeeper Artur Boruc has played this season, compared to 0.7 when he has been absent.
Stoke City have not won successive Premier League games since August 2013.
The Potters have gone eight games without a clean sheet in the Premier League.
Three different English players scored for Southampton last weekend. Only Liverpool have also done this in the Premier League this season.
Stoke have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League away games and have gone 331 minutes without a goal.
Southampton are yet to win a game after trailing this season in the Premier League, Stoke have done so twice.
Jay Rodriguez has scored seven goals and assisted two more in his last 12 Premier League appearances.