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Stoke City are looking pretty good under the guidance of Paul Lambert with just a single defeat since he took the reins and they are worth backing to keep up the good work when they make the journey to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Indeed while the Potters can count themselves lucky to have picked up a point in their weekend meeting with Leicester City, they did put in an impressive defensive display with the Foxes’ equaliser coming courtesy of a Jack Butland own-goal in the 70th minute. The question is, can Stoke ride their luck once again and manage something from their trip to the south coast?
The bottom end of the Premier League remains pretty tight and the battle against the drop looks set to go right down to the wire with around twelve clubs still looking over their shoulders with a degree of concern. Southampton currently sit sixteenth in the Premier League but they are outside the bottom three on goal-difference alone with their dismal home form to blame for their lowly position. The Saints have picked up just three wins from their fifteen home matches and as such, we’re more than happy to avoid them on the outright market to get anything from this match.
That said, Southampton’s sole defeat in their last nine outings was against high-flying Liverpool although a late Manolo Gabbiadini equaliser was all that separated them from yet another loss at Burnley last time out. Stoke City may be second-bottom of the Premier League table thanks to their dismal form on the road, however Lambert has moulded them into a hard-to-beat outfit and we believe that they will edge their way to a much-needed victory at St Mary’s and boost their chances of avoiding the drop.
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