Stoke v Bournemouth: Home success rests on Swiss star’s return

Stoke v Bournemouth: Home success rests on Swiss star’s return

Last Result:

West Ham United 1-1 STOKE CITY – Bojan Krkic

BOURNEMOUTH 1-2 Sunderland – Dan Gosling (1st goalscorer)

Kick Off: 15.00, 19/11/2016

Stadium: Bet365 Stadium

Head-to-head: Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke, Stoke 2-1 Bournemouth, Stoke 3-0 Bournemouth, Bournemouth 3-1 Stoke, Stoke 2-0 Bournemouth

Injuries:

Stoke: Out – Glenn Whelan, Ramadan Sobhi, Jack Butland, Stephen Ireland, Ibrahim Afellay

Doubt – Xherdan Shaqiri, Geoff Cameron, Glen Johnson,

Bournemouth: Out – Brad Smith, Lewis Cook

Doubt – Callum Wilson, Andrew Surman

True Form:

Recommended Bets:

* Draw @ 11/5

* Xherdan Shaqiri to score (check prices)

* Under 2.5 goals @ 87/100

Key Stats:

* Stoke haven’t won a Premier League match this season without Xherdan Shaqiri in the starting line up

* Should the Swiss international shake off a hamstring injury he looks good for a goal, having scored twice in his past 90 minutes of football

* Four of these sides’ past six games combined have seen fewer than three goals scored

A Look At Stoke’s Betting Odds

Mark Hughes clearly has a talisman in Jack Butland, whose late-March injury seemed to cause a Potters collapse at the end of last term, with Stoke carrying poor form into the first month or so of the new campaign in the England goalkeeper’s continued absence.

However, midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri appears to have taken over the role of Hughes’ MVP, with Stoke unbeaten in six Premier League matches the silky Swiss has started this term, and taking just one point from the other five.

It’s unclear whether the 25-year-old has recovered from injury in time to make the XI, and Stoke took three games to secure a victory when Shaqiri last returned from injury, so 23/20 about the hosts seems short.

A Look At Bournemouth’s Betting Odds

Two losses in a row against north-east strugglers Middlesbrough and Sunderland have seen the Cherries slip a point behind their hosts in 13th, but Eddie Howe’s side had lost just one of their previous seven Premier League fixtures, and that was away to 9/4 title favourites Manchester City.

If Callum Wilson and Andrew Surman shake off minor injuries, Howe will have practically a full complement of players available and fresh after resting during the international break.

They’re 12/5 to win on the road, with Bournemouth 67/100 to avoid defeat in the double-chance betting.

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