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Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The match has reached full-time.
Gaston Ramirez is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Marko Arnautovic crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Erik Pieters by Victor Wanyama.
Rickie Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross.
Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marko Arnautovic by James Ward-Prowse.
Geoff Cameron goes into the referee's book.
Clearance by Nathaniel Clyne.
Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.
Rickie Lambert challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
Corner taken by Marko Arnautovic.
Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
Steven Nzonzi takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Oussama Assaidi takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
James Ward-Prowse takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez by Robert Huth.
Dejan Lovren takes a shot and missed to the left of the net.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by James Ward-Prowse.
Dejan Lovren concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Adam Lallana.
Ryan Shawcross fouled by Rickie Lambert, the ref awards a free kick.
Dejan Lovren restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wilson Palacios on Luke Shaw.
Gaston Ramirez comes on in place of Jay Rodriguez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Victor Wanyama.
A cross is delivered by Luke Shaw.
Oussama Assaidi comes on in place of Stephen Ireland.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Ireland.
The ball is delivered by Luke Shaw.
Header by Ryan Shawcross goes over the bar.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Marko Arnautovic.
The ball is delivered by Jonathan Walters.
Centre by Adam Lallana.
Victor Wanyama fouled by Stephen Ireland, the ref awards a free kick.
James Ward-Prowse has an effort direct from the free kick that flies over the crossbar.
Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin.
Dejan Lovren takes a weak shot and went wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.
The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Clyne.
Corner from the right by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.
Luke Shaw crosses the ball.
Marko Arnautovic takes a shot. Artur Boruc parries the ball away.
Jonathan Walters goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Jay Rodriguez.
Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
The match restarts for the second half.
Wilson Palacios replaces Glenn Whelan.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Erik Pieters gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert.
Nathaniel Clyne makes a clearance.
Jay Rodriguez heads the ball into the goal. Stoke 1-1 Southampton.The assist for the goal came from James Ward-Prowse.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Jonathan Walters.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Whelan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama.
Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded.
Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Shaw.
Clearance made by Victor Wanyama.
Foul by Adam Lallana on Robert Huth, free kick awarded.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Jay Rodriguez.
Corner taken by Stephen Ireland.
Shot by Marko Arnautovic. Nathaniel Clyne gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Walters.
Centre by Stephen Ireland.
Victor Wanyama takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Jonathan Walters makes a clearance.
Luke Shaw delivers the ball.
Nathaniel Clyne crosses the ball.
Adam Lallana crosses the ball.
Header at goal by Marko Arnautovic misses left of the target.
Clearance by Robert Huth.
Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick.
Clearance by Luke Shaw.
The ball is sent over by James Ward-Prowse.
Foul by Rickie Lambert on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded.
Asmir Begovic scores a right footed goal. Stoke 1-0 Southampton.Erik Pieters provided the assist for the goal.
The game begins.
Hughes wants home birthday present
Stoke manager Mark Hughes is looking for an overdue home win to ensure he can really celebrate his 50th birthday.
The Welshman reached his half century on Friday, the day before Stoke take on high-flying Southampton at the Britannia Stadium.
It is a landmark weekend for the club as well as their manager, with Stoke racking up 200 Premier League games, but anything less than a win could see them drop into the relegation zone.
Hughes has been praised for impact he has had on Stoke's style of play since taking over from Tony Pulis in the summer, but he knows results are what matters most.
"I always said at the beginning we'll keep the best elements of what's given success to Stoke in the past and we'll try to add a bit more creative play in the final third if we can," he said.
"To all intents and purposes I think that's what we've done. We've had a hard period, we've played nine games and we've played a number of the top sides in the Premier League.
"Performance wise there's been very few games where I've been disappointed with what we've produced, but we can't keep on saying that and at the weekend we need to get a positive result.
"Victories shape your whole weekend so if I'm going to have a good birthday weekend then we need to win."
Stoke's only home victory in the league this season came against Crystal Palace back in August, with their next three games at the Britannia bringing two points.
Coupled with three away defeats in succession in the league, it means the Potters have picked up just one point from their past five games.
Full-back Andy Wilkinson is a definite absentee for the clash at the Britannia.
Wilkinson, who has played only two games for the Potters this season, is struggling with a knee problem.
Key defender Robert Huth had been a doubt for Stoke's Capital One Cup tie against Birmingham in midweek but recovered from an ankle injury to play the full 120 minutes.
Saints striker Rickie Lambert is hoping his goal against Fulham last weekend can be the trigger for a goalscoring run as Southampton look to continue their fine start to the season.
The 31-year-old forward has scored three times for Saints this season, as well as twice for England, although last week's goal against the Cottagers was only his second for the Barclays Premier League club since the opening day of the season.
It also marked his return to the starting line-up after he was a substitute for the draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, Lambert is unconcerned and he told the club's official website: "I have seen some reports but I've had that all my career. And I know that as soon as one goal goes in more seem to follow, so I'm hoping that's the case this time.
"I'm also hoping that people are seeing what kind of role I'm playing because it's not the same role that I've been playing in the last few years, it's changed.
"I'm working a lot harder defensively and I hope people are seeing that, but I'm absolutely enjoying it.
"I want to score because I think that's the best way to help the team and I am trying, but I'm hoping I can go on a bit of a run now."
Southampton travel to the Britannia Stadium in pole position to improve on last season where both games ended in draws, although they snatched a last-minute equaliser in the 3-3 outcome in the Potteries after being two goals adrift and down to 10 men.
Lambert recalled: "We did really well last year and we were unlucky not to win there.
"It was a great game and to be fair to them when they got on top and the fans were on top, it was a great atmosphere, so I'm hoping it's going to be a great atmosphere again on Saturday."
Dani Osvaldo and Steven Davis will be assessed before the trip to the Potteries.
Club record signing Osvaldo missed the defeat of Fulham with a nerve issue down his side, while Davis was unavailable due to a knock.
Guly do Prado is unlikely to make the trip to the Britannia Stadium due to a knee injury.
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