Stoke boss Hughes wary of Leicester

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Nov 2017 10:57:25


Nov 3,


STOKE City are hopeful of winning consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season but are wary of a resurgent Leicester City under new manager Claude Puel, the Potters’ boss Mark Hughes said on Friday. Stoke halted a run of poor results, where they had won just one of seven league games, with a victory at Watford last weekend to climb three points clear of the relegation zone to 14th in the standings. Leicester replaced Craig Shakespeare with Puel last week and the Frenchman led the Foxes to a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton last Sunday. Hughes said he was not underestimating the rejuvenated side.

“Winning games back-to-back is never easy in the Premier League but with a win away from home last weekend, we hope to win again tomorrow,” he told reporters. “Make no doubt about it we will face a good side tomorrow in Leicester City. They have plenty of options and good players. “Leicester have good forward options. It is difficult in terms of our preparation as they have a new manager.” Hughes added that Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross was a doubt for the game after yet another injury setback while defender Geoff Cameron is ruled out as he recovers from a concussion. Striker Peter Crouch (back) and defender Glen Johnson (illness), who missed Stoke’s last league game, have returned to training.Leicester are 11th in the table and last won a league game at the bet365 stadium in 2014.

Midfielder Burke could return for West Brom at Huddersfield

MIDFIELDER Oliver Burke has recovered from a hamstring injury and is in contention for a place in West Bromwich Albion’s squad for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Huddersfield Town, manager Tony Pulis said on Friday.Scotland’s Burke, who has made two league appearances this season and last played in the 3-1 league defeat by Brighton and Hove Albion on Sept. 9, trained with the first team this week. However, West Brom will be without defender Craig Dawson (knee) and midfielder James Morrison (Achilles) as they target their first league win since beating Burnley 1-0 on Aug 19.

“Burke has trained well this week. He’s had a good week and he is back in contention... Dawson and Morrison unfortunately are still struggling,” Pulis told a news conference. “(Morrison) saw a specialist in Holland and hopefully he will be back in contention ahead of the Chelsea game (Nov 18).” West Brom have suffered four league defeats this season and sit in 15th place with 10 points from 10 games, only two points above the relegation zone and Pulis suggested individual errors had hurt his team.

“Looking back at the goals we’ve conceded it’s been concentration or individual mistakes, nothing more. We’ve been punished... I think we’ve left a few points on the pitch. Nobody has given us a hiding and we’ve shot ourselves in the foot.” Pulis’ side lost 3-2 to league leaders Manchester City last weekend and the manager felt there were enough signs from that game and the 2-1 loss to City in the League Cup in September to suggest West Brom had the quality to turn their season around.

“In the two games we have had against Manchester City this season we’ve caused them problems. In the Premier League you’ll have good and bad runs. You’ve got to keep focused.” Huddersfield have two points more than West Brom and sit in 13th as they look to sealing successive top-flight home wins for the first time since 1971.


Stoke City vs Leicester City 6:00 pm

Huddersfield vs West Brom 8:30 pm

Newcastle vs Bournemouth 8:30 pm

Southampton vs Burnley 8:30 pm

Swansea City vs Brighton 8:30 pm

West Ham vs Liverpool 11:00 pm

(Timings IST)

(All matches are on Saturday)