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ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
8 Everton 5 5 4 20
9 Stoke 5 4 5 19
10 Bournemouth 5 3 6 18
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 By PA Sport

Stoke's 3-4-3 formation inspired by Wales, not Chelsea - Mark Hughes

Mark Hughes is happy with Stoke's clean sheet as they downed a very 'direct' Burnley side.

Stoke are the latest Premier League team to implement a 3-4-3 formation that Mark Hughes has revealed was inspired by Wales' run to the Euro 2016 semifinals.

Top-flight leaders Chelsea have won eight straight games since Antonio Conte deployed a variation on the system the Potters adopted to great effect in last weekend's win at Watford, who themselves operate with similar tactics.

Hughes' hand had been forced somewhat by injuries and suspension then, yet he continued with that team for the game...

Marc Muniesa leads the way as Stoke City see off Burnley

Jonathan Walters and Muniesa hit home first half goals as Stoke City continue their fine form as of late.
Jonathan Walters and Muniesa hit home first half goals as Stoke City continue their fine form as of late.
Mark Hughes is happy with Stoke's clean sheet as they downed a very 'direct' Burnley side.
Sean Dyche explains Burnley's tactics and their continued growth in the Premier League.

Stoke secured back-to-back wins with a deserved 2-0 victory over Burnley in a surprisingly fractious contest at the bet365 Stadium.

Despite looking lost in the opening exchanges, the Potters found their feet and went into the break two goals up thanks to impressive strikes from fringe men Jon Walters and Marc Muniesa.

The second half was a different affair as the visitors grew in confidence, but Stoke held on to add another three points and move up to ninth place in the league.

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Stoke's Mark Hughes admits concern with Jack Butland's recovery

Jonathan Walters and Muniesa hit home first half goals as Stoke City continue their fine form as of late.
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says his side 'stood up to the challenge' despite missing some key players against Watford.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes admits he is fearful England goalkeeper Jack Butland has suffered another setback in his recovery from an ankle injury.

The 23-year-old has not played since March, when he fractured his ankle on Three Lions duty in Germany, with the problem flaring up again over the summer and requiring more surgery, and he pulled out of an under-23s fixtures on Friday night.

Butland had been due to return to action in that game at Reading, only to feel pain in the warm-up, so the Potters...