Stoke City v Leicester City team news & stats

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Bojan Krkic: Could start for Stoke

Stoke City will hope to improve on their worst ever start to a Premier League season when they host high-flying Leicester City on Saturday.

Team news

Fit-again Stoke playmaker Bojan could make his first league start since January but Jon Walters, Glen Johnson and Peter Odemwingie are injury doubts for Mark Hughes.

Charlie Adam and Ibrahim Afellay are both still suspended.

Nathan Dyer is available for Leicester after showing no ill-effects of his collision with Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan as he headed the winning goal on his debut last week.

laudio Ranieri has no fresh injury concerns.

Opta stats

  • Stoke City have suffered just one defeat in their last six meetings in all competitions with Leicester City, winning three and drawing two, but it came in this fixture last season.
  • These two sides have only met twice in the Premier League, with both results ending in a 1-0 win for the team playing away.
  • One home soil, Stoke have won four of their last six clashes with the Foxes in all competitions, drawing one and losing one.
  • Stoke’s total of two points from five games is their worst ever start in the Premier League.
  • Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has made a league-high 27 saves so far in 2015-16.
  • Leicester City have scored four headed goals from just five headers on target in the Premier League this season.
  • Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in eight Leicester goals in his last eight Premier League games (six goals, two assists).
  • So far this season, Mahrez has been directly involved in more goals than any other PL player (six – four goals, two assists) and has beaten his opponent with a dribble on a league-high 22 occasions.
  • 22.3% of Leicester City’s passes this season have been played long; a higher proportion than any other side.
  • The Foxes have been given four yellow cards for dissent this season, more than any other side.


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