Three key battles that will decide Stoke vs. Southampton

Stoke City play host to Southampton at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday night in the latest round of Premier League fixtures.

The Potters are in 11th position and one place and one point behind their midweek opponents in the table, knowing that if they can take all three points they will move into the top half of the standings.

Mark Hughes’ side’s miserable run away at Arsenal continued – this was their 15th successive loss on the road against the Gunners – as they were beaten 3-1 at the Emirates on Saturday, despite taking the lead through a Charlie Adam penalty.

Meanwhile, the Saints ended a disappointing week with a narrow 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough, with club-record signing Sofiane Boufal’s stunning strike separating the two teams and moving the south coast outfit up to 10th.

Here are three key battles on the pitch that could decide where the Premier League clash is won and lost…