FootyMAD's Stoke City match preview

Last updated : 26 February 2010 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Stoke City v Arsenal fixture

Arsenal face a trip to Stoke City at Britannia Stadium at tea-time on Saturday, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 41 games played, Gunners have recorded 10 wins, and Stoke City have come away with 17 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was earlier this season, with Stoke City running out comfortable 3 - 1 winners in a F.A. Cup match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2009/2010Sun 24 JanStoke City3 - 1ArsenalFAC
2009/2010Sat 05 DecArsenal2 - 0Stoke CityPREM
2008/2009Sun 24 MayArsenal4 - 1Stoke CityPREM
2008/2009Sat 01 NovStoke City2 - 1ArsenalPREM
2004/2005Sun 09 JanArsenal2 - 1Stoke CityFAC
1996/1997Wed 13 NovArsenal5 - 2Stoke CityLGEC
1996/1997Wed 23 OctStoke City1 - 1ArsenalLGEC

Recent respective form guides

Stoke City are in decent form at home, having won four and drawn two of their last six games, These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 14 goals for the Potters, with 6 goals against.

Arsenal have an average recent record on the road, picking up two good wins, but losing three, from the last six. The Gunners's have scored 6 goals in these games, but conceded an alarming 8.

Stoke City see themselves just below half way in the Barclays Premier League, showing a record of 34 points from their 26 games played so far, Arsenal's total of 55 points from their 27 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Barclays Premier League.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

This promises to be an excellent test for the in-form Gunners, but one which I believe will end in stalemate. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Stoke City Unbeaten in the last 7 home games.
Unbeaten run of 11 matches.
Arsenal Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 4 away matches.
Last drawn game 6 outings ago.