It's the Saints who come marching into Stoke on Saturday with Ronald Koeman's men arriving in relatively inconsistent form in their quest for European qualification. Much like their hosts, Southampton have struggled to string results together of late and having stormed up the table in the early months of the season, they now find themselves wondering which team will turn up on Saturday. Stoke have their own targets of course, and despite a significant recent stutter and yet more losses to injury,...
Stoke fans were scratching their heads at another questionable team selection ahead of the 1-1 draw at West Ham and were left wondering what might have been had boss Mark Hughes started his best side.
Arguably at least four of those who started on the bench should have been on the pitch from the outset in the latest game where the manager has tried to shoehorn Charlie Adam into a system that is clearly compromised by his inclusion.
The Scot was wrongly awarded another start off the back of his...
On March 8, with Orlando City trailing New York City FC 1-0 in their inaugural game, the Lions' Kevin Molino earned a late free kick near the top of the NYCFC penalty area. With Brek Shea standing nearby, Kaka duly lined up to take it. There was one problem, though.
"Kaka took a couple free kicks in that game and missed and he told me I could take the next one," Shea told ESPN FC. "But when he saw the wall line up I guess he saw something he liked and told me he was going to take it. So I was...
It's a trip to West Ham for Stoke on Saturday, as Mark Hughes' men contest their second successive game on the road seeking their first win in four games.
The 2-1 loss against Chelsea last Saturday was a respectable one but Hughes will be hoping that his side produce more of an attacking threat to leave Upton Park with all three points.
The XI chosen on the day was very much with a game plan in mind but it was a selection that offered little in the final third -- Charlie Adam's stunning strike from...
Stoke left Stamford Bridge with no points but a degree of pride after managing to keep the scoreline to a modest 2-1 Chelsea win on Saturday.
They were also able to celebrate one of the finest goals in Premier League history with one of Charlie Adam's attempted lobs on the goalkeeper finally coming off with a 65-yard strike that shocked the Blues just before the break.
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It was a moment to remember for the 900 or so who made the trip to west London but one that ultimately amounted to nothing as the...
LONDON - Three quick thoughts from Chelsea's 2-1 Premier League victory over Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.
1. Hazard a class above -- again
If any team want to beat Chelsea to the Premier League title, their odds look longer than Charlie Adam's 59-metre strike, as Jose Mourinho's men overcame a long-range wonder goal from the Stoke man to take a 2-1 victory.
Chelsea may have to show even more resolve over the next few weeks, however, as they are likely to be without Diego Costa for some time....