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  • 3 March 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 27483
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Stoke City - Norwich City Preview: Potters undefeated in six home games against the Canaries

Tony Pulis' side won their first game at the Britannia Stadium since early December last time out and have a chance to gather momentum for a possible top-half finish


PROBABLE LINEUP
STOKE CITY


Begovic
Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson
Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington
Walters, Crouch
NORWICH CITY


Ruddy
Naughton, Ward, Whitbread, Drury
Bennett, Fox, Surman, Pilkington
Jackson, Holt

There are no fresh injury worries for Stoke ahead their clash with the Canaries and they are likely to field a similar side to that which defeated Swansea City last weekend in a confident display to rebound from their European disappointment.

Tony Pulis could hand Jermaine Pennant a place on the right flank and Rory Delap should make a return to the middle of the park after starting on the bench last Sunday.

Matthew Upson could also see his place in the starting XI under jeopardy with fellow centre-back Robert Huth having served his three-match ban.

Norwich meanwhile could still be without four players: Daniel Ayala, Jonny Howson, Declan Rudd and Marc Tierney, however the latter is rated as 50/50 to face the Potters.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Norwich City have two more points (35) than they finished with in their last Premier League Season (33) back in 2005.
  • The Canaries have the chance to get either their 60th Premier League victory or draw on Saturday. If Stoke City lose, it will be their 60th defeat in four seasons in the Premier League.
  • This is only the second time that these two sides have met in the Premier League, with Paul Lambert’s men grabbing a point at Carrow Road in a 1-1 draw earlier this season.
  • Stoke's win over Swansea last weekend ended a run of four successive defeats in the league.
  • In the last 14 league meetings between these teams there has been just one win for the away side.
  • A red card has been shown in the four of the past seven league games between the two clubs.
  • Stoke’s reputation for being dangerous from set-pieces and in the air have been highlighted since the turn of the year, with all four of their goals in 2012 coming from headers via free-kicks or corners.
  • The Potters are undefeated in their last six home games against the Canaries and have won the last three.

Editor's Prediction

Norwich are definitely the team with more consistent form right now, with just two losses from their last six league fixtures. However, Stoke's momentum from their win over Swansea last weekend and a second successive home tie will make them the favourites to take the spoils.

A narrow win is in favour of the home side is to be expected as they will be determined to make a break for a top-half finish with a result here.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Norwich City

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City
47%
33%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
1 - 1
Norwich City FC NOR
Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Norwich City FC NOR
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 0
Norwich City FC NOR

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