BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Venue: KP Stadium Date: Saturday, 17 January 2015

Kick-off: 15.00 BST.
TV: Highlights, BBC ONE Match of the Day.

Picture the scene:

It’s the year 2008 and Stoke need just a draw from their final league game against Leicester City in a Championship showdown that would see the Potters get promoted to the Premier League and their opponents demoted down to League One.

Lawro Said

“After such a long wait for a win, Leicester are on a good run now and, more importantly, they are back in touch with the teams above them.”

Prediction 2-1 home win

Pearson Said.

“It’s a tough game,” said Pearson. “Whenever you look at Stoke as a football club, they are very well managed. They have been able to establish themselves as a top-flight club and are changing certain aspects of their play as they go along.
“They are one of the Premier League’s success stories and we know it will be a very tough game. They are a very strong, physical presence but they also have some talented footballers.
“They are a good example of where a club would be like to be when they get promoted. You can see how they’ve done in the few years that they’ve been in the Premier League. It’s not always been straightforward for them but they’ve found a way of functioning efficiently and they’ve managed to change things as they’ve gone along.”

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Leicester City

  • One quarter of Leicester’s 20 goals have been scored from outside the penalty area, which is the highest percentage in the Premier League.
  • New record signing Andrej Kramaric scored 55 goals in 65 games for Croatian side HJ Rijeka.

Stoke City

  • The Potters have conceded a league-high 11 goals from set-pieces (13 including penalties).
  • Only Burnley (11) have conceded more headed goals than Stoke City (9) in the Premier League this season.

Head-to-head

  • These two teams met for the first time in the Premier League in September, with Leicester winning 1-0 for their first victory since returning to the top flight.
  • They also met in the FA Cup last January, with Stoke beating the Foxes 2-1 to reach the fourth round.
  • Leicester have lost just one of their last 25 home games against Stoke City (W9, D15, L1), who haven’t won on any of their last six visits in this fixture.

Starting

Leicester (Possible, 4-4-2): Schwarzer, Simpson, Morgan, Cambiasso, Konchesky; Albrighton, Hammond, King, Schlupp; Ulloa, Nugent.
Out: Upson (foot), James (naughty).

Stoke (Possible, 4-5-1): Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; N’Zonzi, Whelan, Diouf, Walters, Moses; Crouch.
Out: Cameron (hernia), Odemwingie (knee).

Referee: Andre Marriner: 8 Y36 R0
Betting: Home 6-4 Away 15-8 Draw 11-5.
Stat: Leicester have lost just one of their last 25 home games against Stoke City.