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Tottenham, sitting one point behind Arsenal in the table in fifth, knows that their fate is now in the Gunner’s hands; they will be looking to beat Tony Pulis’ Stoke to take advantage of any slipups by Arsenal or Chelsea.
Glenn Whelan, Andy Wilkinson and Marc Wilson are all doubtful for Stoke City. Sandro, William Gallas and Younes Kaboul are all out for the North London side. Mousa Dembele could be set to return after missing the 2-2 draw against Chelsea.
Spurs will leap to fourth in the Premier League table with a win this week…
A Stoke City team which has regularly been a thorn in the big teams’ sides will take on the champions elect of England, Manchester United.
Marc Wilson, Glenn Whelan and Matthew Etherington are all doubtful for Stoke. Darren Fletcher continues to be out for United with a chronic bowel condition. Nemanja Vidic, Paul Scholes, Chris Smalling, Ashley Young and Jonny Evans are all doubtful for the side from Manchester.
Stoke’s recent form…
Michael Owen is regarded as one of the most celebrated English strikers of recent times. However his career has been riddled with a lot of ups and downs and the former Liverpool star is now set to retire from football at the end of the current season.
Born in Chester to professional football player Terry Owen, Michael Owen caught the eye of several youth scouts from an early age. He played for the Liverpool youth team in the 1995-96 season at the age of 16. On the sixth of May 1997, Owen scored his first goal for Liverpool on debut against Wimbledon.
The following season, he won the Premier League golden boot playing for Liverpool and was also named PFA Young Player of the Year. He repeated his feat of winning the Golden Boot the next season, although he suffered an injury before the end of the campaign.
A first half strike from Santi Cazorla ensured a victory for Arsenal over Sundeland, the Gunners now climb up to the 5th spot 4 behind rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
The Gunners recorded a similar score line in their tie against Stoke last week, when a Lukas Podolski freekick made its way past Begovic’s goal securing a 1-0 victory for Arsenal.
In the past weeks we have seen the Arsenal team finally working on their mistakes. Nor did they surrender to a narrow lead or did they fail to match up against the physical teams. The Arsenal team has bolstered some of the most exciting talents in world football over the past few years. There is no denying that their squad has always been full of mesmerising talents, however the team has lacked the winning mentality and the mental strength needed to win crunch matches.
The team has always failed to perform against a side that are quick to close down, or are too physical.
Arsenal fans will get to see their latest signing on display at the Emirates when the Gunners take on Stoke City.
The transfer window was coming to a close and Arsenal fans were desperately hoping that Arsene Wenger would announce more signings, but the truth is, Nacho Monreal turned out to be the only one.
At the age of 26, Monreal made the trip from Spanish League and Champions League side Malaga. With Kieran Gibbs out with a thigh injury and Andre Santos being a serious liability, the new Arsenal number 17 will most likely get his first start for the London side on Saturday.
The contestants of the 2011 FA Cup Final play each other in that very competition on Saturday.
Rory Delap and Marc Wilson are both out for Stoke with a calf muscle strain and broken leg respectively. Andy Wilkinson is slightly doubtful due to a back problem. Ryan Shotton has a hamstring injury. Maicon and Micah Richards are both out for City due to knee problems. Pablo Zabaleta is set to return for this clash. Abdul…
Watch video highlights of Eden Hazard’s wonderful volley in Chelsea’s remarkable 4-0 victory away to Stoke City on Saturday, January 12, 2013.
Stoke City will feel sorry to have conceded four goals in a match where they clearly dominated during the first period. The visitors went in front seconds before the half-time whistle. Chelsea were slow to get into the groove in the second period.
However, Stoke City’s physical strength gradually faltered, leaving Rafael Benitez’s men to enjoy themselves on the field at the anguish of culprit John Walters. The last of Chelsea's four goals was phenomenal as midfielder Hazard…
Toni Pulis’ Stoke side will be out to frustrate a Chelsea side reeling from a home defeat to Swansea in the Capital One Cup.
Rory Delap and Marc Wilson are out of this one for Stoke City. Oriel Romeu is out for Chelsea. John Terry is easing his way back to action; Saturday might come too soon for him though. John Obi Mikel is doubtful for the Champions League winners.
Chelsea under Rafael Benitez is yet to really find a proper playing style.…
Manchester City, currently sitting seven points behind Manchester United, takes on a Stoke City side which surprised everybody during the weekend.
Samir Nasri is suspended for Manchester City after receiving a red card against Norwich. Maicon is out due to a knee injury. Mario Balotelli is doubtful due to illness. Aleksandar Kolarov has a thigh injury while Jack Rodwell has a hamstring problem. Micah Richards is out until February with a knee injury.
Steven N’Zonzi is suspended…
A rejuvenated Liverpool side will take on the notoriously tough Stoke City in the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday.
Michael Owen is seemingly ready to make a comeback; he has seemingly recovered from a hamstring problem which kept him out since the end of October. Charlie Adam missed Stoke’s match against Spurs as he was granted compassionate leave due to the death of his father. Whether he returns for this one is doubtful. Marc Wilson and Rory Delap…
Manchester United paused their English Premier League campaign with a 3-0 demolition of Newcastle United. Fergie will be looking for more of the same when his Red Devils host the Potters on Saturday.
Manchester United will play Stoke City without Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones. The two defenders are still out with injury. The fitness of Chris Smalling and Ashley Young is in doubt but both could make an appearance against the Potters.
Robin van Persie is likely to lead the attack alongside Wayne Rooney. Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck are also available and could complete a rather attacking formation.
For Stoke City, Tony Pulis might name the same starting XI for the fourth consecutive time. In the absence of Mamady Sidibe, Peter Crouch will probably be deployed as a lone striker with a five-man midfield behind him.
Liverpool, following a demoralizing home loss in the Europa League to Udinese, takes on Stoke City.
Both the sides involved in this clash won their respective Premier League clashes last week. Liverpool was rampant against a Norwich side that had previously leaked five against Arsenal. Liverpool also struck the same number. Nuri Sahin’s signing seems to have improved the Liverpool midfield. Stoke beat a Swansea side that had started the season in amazing fashion rather easily, 2-0.
Tony Pulis’ men will revert to their basic ‘nature’. This involves defending and hitting Liverpool on the counter. This also involves long throws into the penalty area to allow their tall players to score using headers. Clashes between the two sides have been edgy in recent times. Stoke because of their doggedness can pull out results against oppositions much superior to them.
The English Premier League comes your again this Saturday after a week packed with international football. See where to watch EPL football live on September 15, 2012.
Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic
The Red Devils will recall that it was through a loss against Wigan Athletic that they started to crumble last season. Eventually, Manchester United conceded the English Premier League title to Manchester City in the late stages of the race.
This Saturday, Alex Ferguson will want his men to settle scores and Old Trafford seems to be a great venue to do so. However, the experienced manager faces a huge challenge: the injury worries of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa.
Despite Arsene Wenger believing his squad is better than what he had last season, Arsenal is one match into the season and they are already getting grief from the media as well as their doubters. A scoreless draw at the Emirates showed an organized Arsenal side but they lacked creativity in the final third.
Having brought in Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger showed that he is capable of signing top-notch players as long as he has the funds available to do so. From the three new signings, Cazorla looked the most comfortable in their opening match against Sunderland. His ability to demand the ball in middle of the park was a great sight to see for Arsenal fans. One of the great aspects of his game is his use of both feet as well as his ability to shoot from long range, something Arsenal doesn't tend to do often.
There are four games of this season left to play. Stuttering Arsenal would perhaps want the season to end this week. Stoke City will be their opponents.
A slightly emotional Robin Van Persie lifted the PFA Player of the Year Award last week. Van Persie has guided Arsenal to third spot after an unimaginably horrible start to the season. Following eight straight victories, Arsenal started to stumble again. Defeats against QPR and Wigan were followed by a draw against Chelsea.
Chelsea fielded a side without most of their regulars ahead of a Champions League semi-final showdown against Barcelona against Arsenal. Arsenal created chances but failed to take them. Robin Van Persie did not have the best of days. More importantly, they lost Theo Walcott to injury. Along with Mikel Arteta’s absence, this might really hurt Arsenal.
Newcastle and Tottenham will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal's slip up against Wigan on Monday.
Newcastle sits fifth in the Premier League table having won their previous five games and is looking to claim fourth spot by displacing Tottenham Hotspur. Their opponents are Stoke City- the side fourteenth in the table. Stoke has recorded just one win in their previous…
It would be hard for neutrals to avoid flipping channels on Wednesday night. Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool will all be involved in crucial EPL matches not to miss.
Manchester City vs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City will kick off simultaneously. At the Etihad Stadium, the Citizens will try to make the most of the home factor to defeat the Blues. Earlier in the season, Chelsea taught a lesson to Roberto Mancini and his men.
A repeat of such an outcome would only be good news to title aspirants, Manchester United. Following their shocking defeat to Swansea City earlier in the month, let’s just say that Manchester City have no room for more mistakes. That would put them 4 points behind the Red Devils.
Wednesday night’s battle in Manchester will be like a final for both teams but Chelsea perhaps have the advantage. The Blues don’t only have more experience than City. They are also in great revival form following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas a few weeks ago.
Stoke City was the finalists in this very competition last season and they will be looking to emulate that feat against the Carling Cup winners of the 2011-12 season, Liverpool.
Liverpool fans finally have a trophy to cheer about. While the trophy they won isn’t the biggest one, it has brought plenty of joy to the club. The final was a tense affair against Cardiff and required penalties to settle it. Liverpool will be looking to add another cup to the one they have already won.
They have a tough appointment in Stoke City. It is no secret that no club enjoys playing Stoke due to their torrid approach to the game. Stoke looks to win ‘by hook or by crook’. Their approach however will not change any time soon- Tony Pulis has managed to keep them in the Premier League season after season using their current style of play.
It’s another weekend of English Premier League football and the ambition for the seven clubs at the top of the standings remains pretty much the same.
There’s an exception for Tottenham Hotspur, however. The London-based contenders suffered a 3-1 defeat in the hands of Manchester United last weekend. The outcome of this game virtually ended their contest for the English Premier League title so Harry Redknapp is forced to see the rest of the campaign in a different way.
Spurs are 9 points behind second-placed Man United and 13 points behind Manchester City with 11 Matchdays to go. Mathematically, nothing is lost. Realistically, though, Tottenham Hotspur better take off their eyes from the prestigious trophy.
Valencia will intend to hold onto their narrow advantage from the first leg when they welcome Stoke City to the Mestalla on Thursday with their sights on the round of 16 stage of the Europa League.
Valencia will likely field an almost identical side as to the one which escaped from the Britannia Stadium with a narrow win last week. Hedwiges Maduro, Paco Alcacer and Sergio Canales remain absent due to injury, while the only player to have picked up an injury since the first leg was Argentine midfielder Ever Banega, who almost comically was…