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  • 2 November 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: C. Foy
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Stoke City - Southampton Preview: Hosts seek first win in seven league games

The Saints were rested in midweek as their Capital One Cup tie with Sunderland was postponed, while the Potters needed extra time and penalties to get past Birmingham City

Stoke City host in-form Southampton on Saturday seeking their first win in seven Premier League games.

Mark Hughes' side made an encouraging start to the new campaign but have struggled to follow up back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and West Ham in August.

An improved performance at Old Trafford in Stoke's last league outing went unrewarded as Manchester United came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory.

However, despite occupying 17th place in the table, the Potters have lost only once on home soil and go into this game buoyed by qualification for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, eventually seeing off Birmingham City - though they needed extra time and penalties, the game having finished 4-4 after 120 minutes.

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Southampton, by contrast, were able to rest as their last-16 clash with Sunderland was postponed. The south-coast side are unbeaten in seven across all competitions and sit fifth in the league with a tally of 18 points from nine games.

In addition, Mauricio Pochettino's men boast the best defensive record in the league, having conceded just three in nine games.

Stoke have scraped a paltry six top-flight goals thus far, although two of those did come in their last game and four different players – Oussama Assaidi, Peter Crouch, Marko Arnautovic and Kenwyne Jones - were on target against Birmingham.

On their last visit to Stoke, Southampton surrendered a 3-1 lead to draw 3-3 at the Britannia Stadium, with Cameron Jerome - now on loan at Crystal Palace - grabbing a sensational injury-time equaliser.

Pochettino could be boosted by the return of Steven Davis and Dani Osvaldo, who both face late fitness tests after missing the 2-0 victory over Fulham with knocks.

Hughes, meanwhile, has no new injury doubts and is likely to recall Asmir Begovic, Geoff Cameron and Erik Pieters after the trio were rested at St Andrews.

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