Match Preview: Premier League (Week 12)

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Updated: November 11, 2013
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Stoke City shall try to make up for the frustrating draw against  Swansea via winning against the relegated Sunderland. As for West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, their upcoming encounter gives them the opportunity to move farther in the Premier League ranking.

 

Stoke City vs. Sunderland  Preview

 

Match Date: 23 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: Britannia Stadium

 

Team Form

Stoke City

A sudden turn of events prevented the Potters from moving upward in the Premier League table. They had the lead but Swansea immediately responded, thus forcing the visitors to settle for a draw.

 

It was a match of two halves, which went wrong for Mark Hughes. Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland both scored their first 2 goals and gave their club an early lead. However, Wilfried Bony and Nathan Dyer’s combination responded to the challenge. Dyer delivered the equalizer and Bony scored Swansea’s first and last goals. They could have taken the victory if not from a converted penalty coming from Stoke’s Charlie Adam.
Although the Potters gained an extra point for the stalemate, it hardly improved their rank. They continue to struggle in the 17th spot and still, face the threat of being relegated. Stoke City have already lost their last 8 matches this season and endure a record of W2-D4-L5.

 

Sunderland

Sunderland may have been unable to move out of the relegation zone.  But defeating the mighty Manchester City in a narrow 1-0 win, was more than enough reason to celebrate.

 

Philip Bardsley served as the match’s hero. His right-footed shot courtesy of Wes Brown’s assist, delivered Sunderland’s first and winning goal. On the other hand, Manchester City struggled to take the lead or an equalizer, which raised the red flags regarding their poor away performance.
But just like Manchester City, they too, are having a hard time winning in foreign grounds. Six (6) out of their last 7 matches ended in a defeat. Three (3) of them never saw them score a single goal.

 

Football betting tip: Stoke City 3-1 Sunderland

With Stoke at their best form when playing at home, indeed, they have the best possibility of taking charge of the match and eventually, move to the Premier League’s mid table.

 

 

 

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West Bromwich Albion vs. Aston Villa Preview

 

Match Date: 25 November 2013 (local time)

Venue: The Hawthorns

 

Team Form

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies have successfully entered the league’s top 10 after snatching a 2-2 stalemate against Chelsea.

 

Despite the controversy, which surrounds the awarded penalty to Eden Hazard, what is more important is West Brom’s ranking improvement and that they will be facing Aston Villa with confidence as they play in their own soil. The draw was the 3rd in 6 of West Brom’s matches.
The Baggies are pegged as the definite favorite of the match and it does not come as too much of a surprise. They won in 2 of their last 6 encounters against Aston Villa, while the latter has only secured a victory once. If there is one thing that the Baggies should be worried about, this is the possibility of ending in yet another draw.

 West Brom

 

Aston Villa

Aston Villa’s late rally paid off as they kept a clean sheet against Cardiff. The match ended with 2 goals to nil, in their favor.
Due to their recent victory, Aston Villa have moved up to the 11th spot and is just a notch away from entering the top 10. Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak delivered the 2 winning goals despite Cardiff’s furious attempt to deny the hosts. Other than overcoming the odds, the encounter was also the third time that Aston Villa has kept a clean sheet in their away match and they can use such approach to counter the Baggies when they visit them.

 

Football betting tip: West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Aston Villa

Scoring opportunities may not come as easy as West Bromwich Albion has imagined. This is despite playing in their own ground. Nevertheless, with effective conversions, they will eventually survive Aston Villa’s attacks.

 

 

 

 

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