Stoke boss Mark Hughes has accused Maynor Figueroa of making an "horrendous tackle" on Stephen Ireland during Saturday's 1-0 win over Hull, rating the challenge as worse than Ashley Barnes' on Nemanja Matic last weekend and hitting out at the officials for taking no action.
Hughes had to take Ireland off at half-time of the Premier League contest at the Britannia Stadium due to a calf injury the Potters midfielder sustained when being tackled by Tigers defender Figueroa just before the break.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes believes his side can virtually assure a top-10 finish by winning their next two matches.
The Potters have successive home games, against Hull on Saturday and Everton on Wednesday, and if they can take all six points on offer Hughes believes they will end the season in the top half of the Premier League table.
It's been a difficult week for Premier League clubs in European competition, with Manchester City and Arsenal suffering defeats at the hands of Barcelona and Monaco in the Champions League, and then Liverpool and Tottenham crashing out of the Europa League on Thursday night.
The biggest challenge here for some of England's leading clubs could be putting those setbacks behind them and re-focusing on domestic matters -- such as Liverpool and Manchester City, who meet on Sunday.
Here's a look at the best value bet for that match as well as three others, including Manchester United-Sunderland, Newcastle-Aston Villa and Stoke City-Hull City.
Manchester United (home) vs. Sunderland
Asian handicap: Man Utd -1.25 (-122) vs. Sunderland +1.25 (+114) 3-way line: Man Utd -282 / Sunderland +988 / Draw +427 PickCenter public consensus money line pick: 82 percent picked United Total: 2.5 (Over -116, Under +106)
You need a masochistic streak to back Manchester United this season. Just when you think Louis van Gaal's side have turned a corner, they hit the wall or drive into a dead end.