Preview - Stoke City vs Brighton Feb 10 2018

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Match Day 27
Stoke City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: bet365 Stadium

Stoke City:
Last five matches form: L D W L L
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri (5)

Brighton & Hove Albion:
Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 1.3
Top Scorer: Glenn Murray (8)

One of this weekends big relegation six-pointers takes place in the Potteries this weekend as Stoke City play host to Brighton & Hove Albion. Brighton currently sit in 13th, whilst Stoke City are firmly in the danger zone in 18th. Such is the congestion at the bottom of the division though, that a win for Stoke would see them move level on points with Saturday's visitors.

Paul Lambert certainly seems to have had a positive effect on the Stoke City defence, with the Potters registering two clean sheets from his three league matches in charge to date. A win and a draw in his two games at the bet365 Stadium is a respectable return, whilst there was no great shame in a 2-1 defeat at bang form Bournemouth side last week.

There are no great injury concerns for either side, although new signing Jurgen Locadia may not return to fitness in time for Brighton. Stoke City meanwhile will be hoping for more of the same from their new midfielder, Badou Ndiaye. Adding drive and power on debut last week, he chipped in with an assist and looks a good fit for the Premier League.

Brighton arrive on a high following their excellent win over West Ham last week, but don't look as good a side away from home. Stoke look to be improving under Lambert and can grab a crucial three points here.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots: 15 -14
Shots on target: 3 - 6
Corner Kicks:  7 - 4
Possession: 57% - 43%

Referee Robert Madley kept his cards in his pocket at the Bet365 Stadium, with no player from either side being booked.
A closely fought encounter overall, with Stoke City showing greater ball retention than of late to boss the possession. Brighton made the most of the time they did spend on the ball though, registering six shots on target.
It was the visitors who took the lead just after the half hour when Josè Izquierdo continued his fine start to life at Brighton when finding the bottom corner in the 32nd minute. Despite half chances for each side, the Seagulls took their lead into the break.
A home defeat to a relegation rival would have been nothing short of a disaster for Stoke City and the relief was palpable around the Bet365 when Xherdan Shakiri stepped up to fire into the bottom corner from outside the box in the 68th minute. Brighton had the better of the remaining chances but couldn't edge their noses back in front as full time approached.
There was still time for late, late drama though as a shirt pull in the box by Dale Stephens on Jese Rodriguez was spotted by the officials, and a penalty to Stoke duly awarded. Charlie Adams stepped up to hit what would surely have been the winner, only to see keeper Matthew Ryan keep his effort out. How crucial may that miss prove come the end of the season?
That penalty miss was the difference been Stoke being in or out of the relegation zone after the afternoon fixtures, with the Potters now sitting third bottom. Brighton edge that bit closer to safety with this valuable away point taking them up to 13th.

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