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Sizzling Stoke Hosts Chilly Southampton

Marko Arnautovic Stoke City Premier League

A couple of clubs that can still crash the top-five party, but are trending in opposite directions, meet at the Brittania Stadium as Stoke City hosts Southampton in Premier League action Saturday.

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  • The reverse fixture was a 1-0 Stoke win at Southampton on November 21.
  • Stoke has won four of its previous six home games in the Premier League.
  • Southampton has lost five of its past eight road games in the Premier League.

At online book Bet365, Stoke City is +170 while Southampton is +190 and the Draw is +220 in moneyline markets. As far as the total is concerned, OVER 2.5 goals is tabbed at +135 with the UNDER -175.

Stoke has recorded 10 points from a possible 12 in its last four Premier League matches and has climbed the table to eighth entering the weekend. The Potters are coming off a 1-1 draw with Chelsea their last time out and a three-point haul versus Southampton would leapfrog them over Liverpool and into seventh.

The Saints had a six-match unbeaten run snapped by Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat at home back on February 27 and have one point in their last three matches. They were able to salvage a 1-1 draw against Sunderland last week. A Virgil van Dijk stoppage-time goal came minutes after Southampton was down to 10 men after Jose Font was shown red.

Both Stoke and Southampton have an outside chance of sneaking into the top five but it will take a lot of luck and an otherworldly stretch run. Still, a win by Stoke suddenly puts pressure on the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

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