Stoke v Norwich team news and stats

Date published: Tuesday 12th January 2016 3:56

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Norwich will hope to improve on a dire record at the Britannia Stadium when they travel to face Stoke on Wednesday evening.

Team news

Norwich expect to have winger Matt Jarvis available for Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stoke following a knee injury.

Manager Alex Neil reported no fresh injury problems following the FA Cup third-round defeat by Manchester City, when the likes of midfielder Robbie Brady and Alex Tettey were rested, so should come back into the starting XI along with goalkeeper Declan Rudd.

New signing Ivo Pinto will be given more time to settle in following the Portuguese full-back’s transfer from Dinamo Zagreb.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is set to recall a host of first-team regulars for Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Norwich.

The likes of Bojan Krkic, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Arnautovic and Ibrahim Afellay sat out the 2-1 FA Cup third-round win at Doncaster on Saturday and are poised to return.

Geoff Cameron (ankle), Marc Muniesa and Stephen Ireland (both hamstring) are not yet ready to make their comebacks from injury, while Shay Given (knee) also remains sidelined.

Opta stats

  • Stoke have lost just one of their last nine home league games against Norwich (W6 D2 L1), but this came in their last meeting with them in September 2013.
  • The last eight meetings between these two sides in the league have produced just 11 goals, with no side scoring more than once in a game during this run.
  • Norwich City have scored just five goals in their last nine league trips to Stoke City.
  • Norwich have won three of their last four Premier League games, the same amount they had won in their previous 23.
  • Stoke have been given a joint league-high four red cards in their 20 Premier League games this season, this after receiving only one in 38 games in 2014-15.
  • Marko Arnautovic has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season, despite having just 11 shots on target for Stoke.
  • The Canaries have conceded three Premier League goals in second half injury time this season, more than any other team.
  • Norwich City have had to make the most clearances (665) and headed clearances (393) in the Premier League in 2015-16 so far.
  • Of regular first-team goalkeepers in the Premier League this season (minimum 10 games), Jack Butland has the best saves to shots ratio (78.6%).
  • Butland has also made a league-high 77 saves this season in the competition; six more than any other goalkeeper.

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