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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to Dismiss Bottom Placed Fulham and Arsenal Could Struggle at Stoke

Top of the Premier League Chelsea will be looking to put some daylight between themselves and the rest of the other top four teams as the play bottom placed Fulham, whilst their title challenging peers have tricky away ties this time around and Manchester City are in League Cup action. Arsenal will be tested at the Britannia Stadium as Arsene Wenger’s side go for the double over Mark Hughes’ Stoke, and Liverpool will attempt to turn around a 1-0 loss to Southampton at Anfield early in the season. To view my Matchday 28 Predictions begin the slideshow below.

Arsenal Midfielder Confirms He’s Back From Injury and Preparing for Stoke

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil looks set to return to first team action this weekend against Stoke after joining in training on Wednesday morning. The German international has endured a difficult several of weeks on the pitch and missed Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sunderland due to injury. Many believed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger purposefully rested Ozil, as the club’s record signing is yet to have a break this season and has seemingly found transitioning to life in the Premier League somewhat difficult.The German’s penalty miss against Bayern Munich in last week’s Champions League match didn’t help matters, as much of the press and even some fans have started labeling Ozil a flop since joining from Real Madrid this summer.

IN-DEPTH STATS: Manchester City vs Stoke

Manchester City vs Stoke 15:00 Manchester City’s last league fixture was scheduled to be against Sunderland but this game was postponed amid safety concerns due to high winds in the North West. City will be looking to keep pace with league leaders Chelsea this weekend as former manager Mark Hughes returns to the Etihad.

Saints v Stoke

Three goals from England’s triumvirate Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert guided the Saints to a convincing 3-0 victory over strugglers Fulham, and helped sustain their position in the top half of the table. An inspirational performance from Charlie Adam meant that Mark Hughes’ men…

Manchester United: Van Persie’s Incredible Pass Map Against Stoke

It looks as if there might be bigger problems than just on the surface at Manchester United if the below graphic is anything to go by. The Red Devils lost their eighth match of the season on Saturday to Stoke City after Charlie Adam scored twice to boost the home side to a huge victory. Adam’s early deflected free-kick was canceled out by Robin van Persie, but the former Liverpool man scored an absolute screamer from outside of the box to give the home side a 2-1 lead and all three points at the final whistle.

Chelsea: Another Look at Oscar’s Beautiful Set Piece Against Stoke

Chelsea edged by struggling Stoke City in the FA Cup yesterday in a match that was separated by just one goal. Jose Mourinho’s men advanced to the next round of England’s historic competition after Brazilian international Oscar scored an incredible free-kick in the first half.With the ball set up 23 yards out and to the right of of the goal, Oscar stepped up to the ball and curled his effort over the wall and into the far corner. Most teams in this situation would have used a left footed dead ball specialist to curl the ball up and over the wall into the near post, but David Luiz was only used as a decoy to run past the ball and beyond the wall before his Brazilian teammate fired his effort into the far post

Liverpool Continue Top Four Push with Win Away to Stoke

It took six attempts, but Liverpool finally won at the Britannia Stadium since Stoke’s return to the top flight. Liverpool were 5-3 winners Sunday at a patch were they’d only drawn twice in the previous five; a game that Liverpool needed to win if they want to regain top four status.Boss Brendan Rodgers was more than happy with his side’s performance to help the Reds keep pace with the teams in front of them.”Well I thought they were brilliant,” Rodgers said to Sky Sports.

Sturridge Outlines Team and Personal Goals Ahead of Trip to Stoke

England striker, Daniel Sturridge looks set to return to the Liverpool line-up as the Reds travel to Stoke City at the weekend. Sturridge has nine goals in 12 games for Liverpool, leading the line in Luis Suarez’ absence earlier in the season, but he hasn’t played for the Reds since scoring the equalizer at the end of the Merseyside Derby November 23.Eager to return, Sturridge explained the teams goals as they begin the second half of the season.”It would be great to secure a return to the Champions League,” Sturridge said to FourFourTwo. “It’s four seasons since Liverpool were last in it, and that’s too long.””It’s unique with so many new managers here trying to impose different ideas on their teams.

STATS: Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke

Tottenham v Stoke 16:00 Tim Sherwood’s first game since being appointed permanent manager of Spurs ended in 1-1, with Christian Eriksen’s free kick earning a point against West Brom. Ericksen’s goal was his first in the Premier League, but the Danish midfielder has an impressive 90% on target rating from ten shots on target.

Manchester United’s Ashley Young Scores Excellent Goal Against Stoke

Manchester United take the lead through an absolute screamer from Ashley Young. The Red Devils visited the Britannia on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup and Young unleashed this beauty after combining with Mexican international Javier Hernandez after 62 minutes. Patrice Evra then made it 2-0 after 78 minutes with his right foot from just inside the box.