Premier League Preview: Stoke vs. Leicester

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Updated: September 4, 2014
Stoke City's Mame Biram Diouf, right, celebrates scoring against Manchester City

Match Date: 13 September 2014 (local time)

Venue: Britannia Stadium

 

Stoke was all over the headlines last week after slapping a narrow victory against the online betting favorite, Manchester City.

 

The intense match ended in a 1-0  victory favoring the Potters. Back in Britannia Stadium, the team prepares for another rigid encounter against the newly-promoted Leicester. Like them, the club also took the limelight when it forced the contained the Gunners in a 1-1 draw.

 

The contenders

Stoke

From a disappointing defeat to an acceptable draw and just recently, a vwell-deserved victory, it is evident that Stoke gets better in its succeeding matches. It respects its pace, but never forgets that collecting points—winning games will help them retain their top-flight league status.

 

Stoke’s strong desire to win was readily manifested in their clinical attacks. The Citizens had plenty of opportunities to nail the winning goal. But those were mere uncalculated shots, which produced nothing. The defending champion dominated possession, but it hardly converted. The said scenario was somehow reminiscent of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid’s bid for a spot in the Champions League final. The former kept the ball to its side, but it was the Madridistas that advanced—different teams were involved, but a similar scenario and result took place.

 

Leicester

Leicester also made a roaring sound in the Premier League last week. Despite the adjustments that it needs to address, the squad was able to dampen Arsenal’s spirits last week. Indeed, this is another case of a David and Goliath encounter.
Alexis Sanchez proved that he can feature in the match when he scored the Gunners; first goal. But a quick Jeffrey Schlupp immediately recognized the opportunity to equalize and fantastically, Leonardo Ulloa was also keen on scoring. The latter converted and Arsenal was left thinking  of a new way on how to impose themselves in the competitive, Premier League.

 

Possible head turners

Mame Biram Diouf’s winning shot against City proved that he is worth the time and effort. The former Hannover midfielder is expected to showcase another spectacular performance at home.

 

What the odds say

But of course, it will be a profitable bet to go for Stoke. The Potters is valued to win at 2.18 in the sports betting site, 12BET.

 

Image Source: The Guardian