Three key battles that will decide Stoke vs. Southampton

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Glen Johnson vs Sofiane Boufal

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Johnson has been one of Stoke’s most impressive performers since he joined the Potters 18 months ago, and he will need to use his experience against Premier League new boy Boufal if he recovers from an eye infection in time.

Saints’ £16m signing has spent the majority of the season on the sidelines because of injury but now he’s fully fit, the tricky forward is showing glimpses of how influential he could be for Claude Puel’s side – his stunning 25-yard strike proved to be the difference as the south coast outfit beat Middlesbrough 1-0 on Sunday.

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