Stoke City v Leicester City
Premier League defending champions Leicester City travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City on Saturday afternoon, in a game that could be close to call between two robust sides. Stoke have been in fantastic form at home in recent weeks, but recent results overall have left a lot to be desired ahead of a clash with a Leicester outfit that should be able to handle the Potters’ this weekend. The two clubs have amassed just three wins between them in the Premier League since October so it wouldn’t be a big surprise if Stoke and Leicester played out a stalemate. Hosts Stoke City are 12th in the Premier League table with 20 points from 16 games this season, having won just two games from their last six. The Potters boast three wins and a draw from their last five home games ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Foxes but haven’t been too full of goals to suggest they can capitalise on Leicester’s defensive woes. Stoke don’t boast much pace in the side which may suit their opponents’ robust backline, and with the visitors in a precarious position in the table, Leicester are sure to put in a better performance. As for the Midlands outfit, Leicester City find themselves 14th in the league with 16 points from as many games. Claudio Ranieri’s side have suffered four defeats from their last six in the Premier League, and have picked up just one point from a possible 24 on the road. However, performances in recent weeks have been much-improved, with a 4-2 win against Manchester City and an attacking display in the 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth, to suggest Leicester could get a result at the Britannia Stadium. The Foxes have a good record in this fixture too. Stoke City have managed just one win from their four Premier League head-to-heads with Leicester City. The visitors have taken four points from their last two league meetings at the Britannia Stadium, and are desperate to end their winless run on the road this season. Leicester’s defence has been a problem in 2016/17, conceding two or more goals in five of their last six Premier League games, but Stoke may not punish that on the weekend. The Potters are frequent low-scorers in the division and Leicester can match them for power and strength which could see the two sides cancel each other out. With Stoke City struggling for consistency in recent weeks, while having been short of goals in the Premier League, a Leicester side awaiting their first win on the road stand a real chance of getting a positive result. Leicester don’t want to slip closer to the relegation zone and are sure to respond after their latest defeat on the road, so they shouldn’t be ruled out of getting a result at the Britannia Stadium. Leicester drew away to Stoke City in this Premier League fixture last season, and could well repeat the feat on Saturday afternoon to end their losing run on their travels.