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Stoke City vs Bournemouth at bet365 Stadium

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21st October 2017 3:00 PM
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    Five point preview: Stoke City

    Team Stoke.jpg

    This weekend, the Cherries head to the bet365 Stadium to take on Stoke City, but what should you look out for ahead of the fixture? 

    Here are five points previewing Saturday's clash. 

    A team keen to bounce back... 

     

    Last weekend saw the Potters concede seven goals to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

    While City were at their best, fans will be keen to see a response against the Cherries on Saturday.

    Martin Smith, in his column for the Stoke Sentinel, told the local paper: “Fans are always prepared to tolerate a one-off defeat if they see some sort of positive response, and all Stokies will be waiting with baited breath this weekend to see how our team, and manager, set about making amends at the bet365 Stadium against Bournemouth.”

    A bumper crowd... 

     

    With the last point in mind, it promises to be a raucous atmosphere that awaits Eddie Howe’s men this weekend.

    Apparently at the time of writing, approximately 28,000 tickets have been sold, with the Cherries taking a 1,500 allocation.

    Last year’s atmosphere was electric when Stoke went through a positive second-half spell during the Cherries 1-0 win, but whether it will affect the players on the pitch remains to be seen.

    Diouf could shift to a central role... 

     

    After playing on the right side in recent weeks, Diouf has scored twice in two games, as well as forcing Kyle Walker into an own goal at the Etihad.

    A strong player, the Senegalese forward could move to a central role with the emergence of right sided youngster Tom Edwards who made his debut against City.

    Edwards is Stafford-born, just 18-years old and scored in the middle on Saturday. He went off injured but could play against the Cherries.

    bet365 stadium form... 

     

    Stoke have won two league games this season, with both coming at home.

    They have beaten Arsenal and Southampton in the Potteries, as well as picking up a point against high-flying Manchester United.

    They’ve only lost one home game this campaign, a 4-0 reverse at the hands of Chelsea.

    A return for Asmir... 

     

    Formerly of Stoke City, Asmir Begovic heads back to his club keen to keep them out this weekend.

    The Bosnian was with the Potters between 2010-2015 and said of the game: “It’s going to feel great going back there and seeing some familiar faces.

    “It’ll be better if we win and overall it’ll be nice to return, but the focus is on Bournemouth and the task ahead.

    “We’ll go to the game with a positive mindset and hopefully things will turn for us that weekend and we can make someone else pay.”

    Ref Watch: Lee Probert in charge at Stoke

    Lee Probert taking charge of a game.

    Lee Probert will be the man in the middle, as the Cherries travel to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

    The 45-year-old has taken charge of two Premier League games this season and three Championship affairs, handing out seven yellow cards and awarding one penalty across the five fixtures.

    The last time that Probert officiated a Cherries outing was back in May, as Eddie Howe’s side dispatched of Burnley 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.

    The Gloucestershire-born official has plenty of experience to his name, having refereed the 2014 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Hull City, as well as a host of Europa League qualifiers.

    On Saturday, Probert will be assisted by Adrian Holmes and Derek Eaton, with Jeremy Simpson the fourth official.

    Form

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    Position
    17th
    Played
    8
    Points
    8
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    • D
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    Position
    19th
    Played
    8
    Points
    4

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