Stoke City vs. Arsenal: Premier League – Match Preview

Arsenal need a win away at Stoke City on Saturday to maintain their slim top four hopes.

Stoke City ended a long wait for an away goal, ending a six game drought in a 2-2 draw away at Bournemouth.

Despite twice taking the lead they couldn’t hold on and face a battle to secure a top half finish.

Arsenal enjoyed an excellent week, beating both Manchester United and Southampton.

Both victories were by two goals to nil and mean they are within striking distance of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Premier League form: Stoke City W1 D2 L2; Arsenal W4 D0 L1
Premier League top scorers
Stoke City – Joe Allen & Marko Arnautovic 6 goals each
Arsenal – Alexis Sanchez 20 goals

Match history
Arsenal recovered from a goal down to beat Stoke earlier in the season, with Mesut Ozil among the scorers.

Stoke have an excellent home record against Arsenal, with the Gunners winless in six at the Britannia.

Last five Premier League meetings
Arsenal 3 Stoke City 1 – 10/12/16
Stoke City 0 Arsenal 0 – 17/01/16
Arsenal 2 Stoke City 0 – 12/09/15
Arsenal 3 Stoke City 0 – 11/01/15
Stoke City 3 Arsenal 2 – 06/12/14

Stoke City DC – 6/5 with Paddy Power

Team news
Mame Biram Diouf is set to start up front ahead of Saido Berahino on the weekend once again.

Only Stephen Ireland and Ibrahim Afellay are out injured for the hosts.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain went off injured against Southampton and is set to miss out here.

Laurent Koscielny is a major doubt too after he sat out the win on Wednesday evening.

Expected starting XI’s
Stoke City (4-2-3-1): Butland; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Cameron, Whelan; Shaqiri, Allen, Arnautovic; Diouf
Arsenal (3-4-3): Cech; Holding, Mustafi, Monreal; Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Gibbs; Sanchez, Welbeck, Ozil

Predictions

Result: Draw (10/3 with Paddy Power)

Correct Score: 1-1 (15/2 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Danny Welbeck (16/11 with 888 Sport)

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