Stoke v Burnley Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 20, 2018
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Stoke continue their fight against relegation from the Premier League on Sunday, as they welcome an in-form Burnley side. The Clarets lost their last match, against Chelsea, but won their previous five games, and be aiming to take all three points this weekend.
Burnley won the reverse fixture at Turf Moor back in December, with Ashely Barnes coming on as a substitute to score in the 89th minute.
Charlie Adam will return following his suspension, yet is unlikely to step straight back into the first team. Likewise, Peter Crouch, scorer of Stoke's goal last weekend may, once again, have to try and make an impact as a substitute, as he is unlikely to replace Male Biram Diouf. With four days more rest than Burnley, Paul Lambert is under less pressure to rotate his team than Shaun Dyche.
The Burnley manager has been hesitant to make major changes to his starting XI this season, and this is unlikely to change on Sunday. If Ben Mee is able to pass a late fitness test he should take Kevin Long's place in central defence, but with Robbie Brady and Stephen Defour still out, Dyche is unlikely to make any further changes to the team that lost to Chelsea.
Stoke v Burnley Preview and Predictions
Stoke's late goal at West Ham last week handed the Potters a lifeline, following four consecutive defeats. Lambert's side now sit five points clear of safety, with the a game in hand on the team in 17th place, if they are to have any hope of a come-back, it will have to start now.
Unfortunately for the club, Burnley have made a habit of dispatching the lower-table sides this season, having overcome West Brom and West Ham in recent weeks. Dyche's side missed the opportunity to leap-frog Arsenal on Thursday, with a 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea, but gave a good account of themselves regardless.
The biggest problem for the Clarets on Sunday may well come from fatigue, with Stoke likely to set out to defend and frustrate the likes of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes. With both players starting on Thursday, and Barnes playing the full 90 minutes, there is a risk that Burnley's two top scorers won't have the legs to break down the Potter's defence.
Stoke's problem, on the other hand, has been a lack of creativity and attacking impetus. A good spell of form for their Swiss ace Xherdan Shaqiri showed Lambert the potential that he squad could have, but once the winger stopped scoring, the whole team dried up. Without a threat going forward, Stoke's defence has been exposed. If they are to have any chance against Burnley, they will have to attack the side, and not just set up to defend.
Wood to score first at 6/1
The forward has five goals from his last six games, and his height will be a valuable asset if Stoke defend deep.
Burnley to win and under 2.5 goals scored at 5/1
Neither sides have been particularly prolific, but Burnley are the in form side.