Stoke City v Arsenal : Premier League Match Preview
Stoke City host Arsenal at The Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon with The Potters hoping to claim revenge on home turf after their 3-1 loss at The Emirates earlier in the season.
Arsenal are currently a point behind leaders Chelsea and wont want to slip up and give The Blues an advantage in the title race. The Gunners have picked up seven points from a possible nine since their 5-1 defeat to Liverpool and will want to continue this good run of form.
Stoke on the other hand have picked up just two points from the last three games following their win over Man United back in January, but have only lost two games at home in the league all season.
Stoke will be without on-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi through a knee injury but could be boosted by the return of long term absentee Robert Huth following knee surgery.
The Gunners will be without Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom who are not due for a return until next month but could see the returns of Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, and Kieran Gibbs for tomorrow's game.
Stoke have not beaten Arsenal in their last five meetings, even though The Potters once had a good home record against The Gunners.
Peter Crouch has scored seven Premier League goals against the Gunners, he has only been more prolific against Blackburn.
Arsenal have only scored in the first half of three of their last 13 Premier League matches.
Arsenal have won seven and lost just one of the last 10 Premier League games against Stoke City, but won none of the last three trips to the Britannia Stadium.
Peter Crouch has scored four goals his last six Premier League appearances at the Britannia Stadium.
Arsenal and Stoke still bear grudges against one another for an event more than four years ago, that could turn this into a grudge match, but the fans will be behind the players all the way and be more involved than usual.
But Stoke are a dominant force at home and raise their game against bigger teams so I can't see Arsenal coming off any better than Chelsea and Man United.
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