Stoke City v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 1:30

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke captain set to return from injury

Ryan Shawcross: Stoke captain out for at least three weeks

Stoke City will aim to make it four straight Premier League wins for the first time since 2011  when they host Watford on Saturday.

Team news

Ryan Shawcross could make his first appearance of the season for Stoke after stepping up his rehabilitation following a back operation in the summer, though Mark Hughes is unlikely to throw his captain straight back into the side following back-to-back clean sheets.

Mame Diouf is also available again after returning from compassionate leave, while Jon Walters has recovered from the groin strain which saw him miss Monday’s win at Swansea. Joselu, however, will hope to keep his place in attack.

Watford, meanwhile, remain without Jose Manuel Jurado, Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban. Valon Behrami will be assessed following a calf injury.

Opta stats

  • Watford are unbeaten in their last five league meetings with Stoke City (W3 D2) and have kept a clean sheet in all five of these games.
  • Stoke have failed to score in their last three league games at the Britannia Stadium against the Hornets (L2 D1).
  • Stoke have won exactly half (21) of their 42 Premier League home games under Mark Hughes’ management (D10 L11).
  • Stoke have won three successive Premier League games – they haven’t won four in a row since December 2011.
  • Watford have scored a league-low six goals this season and have the lowest shot conversion rate (7.8%).
  • Games involving Watford have seen just 16 goals scored this season in the Premier League; a league-low.
  • The Hornets have played more long balls than any other Premier League side this season (366).
  • Mame Biram Diouf has scored five goals in his last eight PL games, including a goal against both of the other two newly promoted sides in 2015-16 (Bournemouth and Norwich).
  • Jack Butland has made more saves than any other goalkeeper this season in the Premier League (39).
  • Troy Deeney has scored just two goals in his last 17 competitive appearances for Watford.

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