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Premier League

  • March 3, 2012
  • • 10:00 AM
  • • Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 27483

Premier League Preview: Stoke City - Norwich City

The Potters won their first game at the Britannia Stadium last weekend since early December and have a chance to gather momentum for a top half finish.


Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson
Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington
Walters, Crouch

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

There are no fresh injury worries for Stoke ahead the clash with the Canaries and it is likely to field a similar side to that which defeated Swansea City last weekend in a confident display to rebound from 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 center back Robert Huth having served his three-match ban.

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

  • Norwich City has two more points (35) than it finished with in its 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 loses, it will be the club's 60th in four seasons in the Premier League.
  • This is only the second time these two sides have met in the Premier League, with Paul Lambert’s men grabbing a point back at Carrow Road in a 1-1 draw earlier this season.
  • Ricardo Fuller (right) is the Potters highest-ever scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals, and Peter Crouch is their most productive player in front of goal this season with seven.
  • 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 four of the past seven league games between the two clubs.
  • Stoke’s reputation for being dangerous from set pieces and in the air has been highlighted since the turn of the year, with all four of the club's 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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Norwich City


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Norwich City FC NOR
Norwich City FC Norwich City

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