Stoke City started very hard this season, but managed to recover and four rounds unbeaten, winning two wins and as many draws. Thus, currently ranked 17 in the first over the red line of the standings with 9 points and -7 goal difference. The offensive was also at this time of highs series of invincibility, scoring at least one goal in each of the matches. On the other hand, Xerdan Shqiri and Joe Allen are two of the most important players from Stoke and people who have made only two wins so far the team. Swiss scored a double in moving to Hull, Stoke won 2-0 when Joe Allen following his example and did the same thing, but in the last round contest 2-0 with Sunderland.
Info lot: Ireland, Afellay, Glen Johnson and Jack Butland will be absent for the hosts.
On the other side, Swansea sinking more and more in bottom of the table. For now ranks 19th with 5 points and -7 goal difference, and managed to get one point in the previous five meetings. That point came in the last round di draw 0-0 with Watford in a match held on ‘Liberty Stadium’. Surprisingly, ‘Swans’ ticked their first and only victory of the season in an away 1-0 with Burnley, but since then have passed three such games, losing them all Welsh.
Info lot: Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero will not perform at Swansea.
Stoke (4-2-3-1): Grant – Bardsley – Shawcross – Indi – Pieters – Cameron – Whelan – Shaqiri – Allen – Arnautovic – Bony
Swansea (4-2-3-1): Fabianski – Naughton – Hoorn – Mawson – Kingsley – Britton – Sung yeung – Barrow – Sigurdsson – Routledge – Baston
Stoke was always a difficult opponent for Swansea, especially when the matches were played on ‘Stoke on Trent’. Thus, the only time Welsh has been imposed on this land, it has happened 15 years ago, when both were performing in the lower leagues. Taking into account this aspect in conjunction with the form of the two teams at the moment, it seems as can be obvious why Stoke are favorites and I think it has all the chances to make a good match again. I expect the goals, because in spite of the results, they started putting it quite often.