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Stoke fans seek Diouf return


Bojan impresses in Stoke's trio


Hughes still searching for best XI


Stoke buoyed by glory over Chelsea


Stoke dealt reality check


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Stoke fans seek Diouf return amid questions over Walters' role

Mame Biram Diouf is pushing for a start in Stoke's match against Sunderland on Saturday.

It's another game on the road for Mark Hughes and his buoyant Stoke side on Saturday as they make the trip up to Sunderland to take on Sam Allardyce's men following his side's morale-boosting 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Quite how much the match at Selhurst Park will have taken out of the players remains to be seen but the visitors will have plenty of grounds for optimism given their impressive form of seven wins in nine matches in all competitions.

While Sunderland shouldn't be...

Arnautovic, Bojan and Shaqiri impress as Stoke continue their rise

Mark Hughes praised Bojan Krkic following Stoke's win at Southampton.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has made a habit of tearing up the record books since he arrived in 2013 and Saturday's 1-0 win against Southampton saw another one bite the dust.

Hughes' men went into the match seeking their first win at Southampton in over 35 years and while St Mary's Stadium can be found on Britannia Road, it's about as far away from Stoke's home as they will find in the league.

They deserved their victory though and it was far from the smash-and-grab that the score line perhaps suggests....

In-form Jon Walters needs to spark Stoke's uninspiring attack vs. Saints

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says his side are feeling confident after defeating Chelsea twice in two weeks.
Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters' purple patch continued over the international break, but will he lead Stoke's attack vs. Saints on Saturday?

International breaks are always an unwelcome distraction from the Premier League campaign, but the latest one saw a number of Stoke's players excel for their countries in a week when football took a back seat to the devastating events in Paris.

Having initially looked like he wouldn't feature in the friendly against France on Tuesday, Jack Butland was given the second half to continue his fine form for club and country as England won 2-0. He coped admirably with both the occasion and the match...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League atmosphere on the wane with ticket prices a concern

Newcastle United fans have had little to cheer about this season.

As part of ESPN FC's look into changing crowd behaviour in the Premier League, we asked our match-going bloggers about their home ground's atmosphere. Is it on the wane? How could things improve?

Click here for a full breakdown on all 20 clubs and whether they believe their club needs to raise its game.

David Mooney, Manchester City

The atmosphere at the Etihad can be terrible -- it's nothing like it was at Maine Road.

What needs to be done is anyone's guess -- grouping vocal fans together and...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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 By Chris Wright

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross responds to Diego Costa's jibe

As part of his usual attempt to goad and harrass the opposition defence, Diego Costa even stooped to playground-level name calling during Chelsea's 1-0 defeat against Stoke on Saturday evening.

Indeed, the antagonistic striker attempted to rile Potters centre-back Ryan Shawcross by calling his personal hygiene into question, pointing to his armpits and giving it the old "smelly wave" hand gesture beloved of schoolboys everywhere.

Shawcross refused to take the bait and even trumped Costa by ending...