A comprehensive look at our trip to the Britannia StadiumSTOKE CITY v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, September 29, 2013
THE second of Norwich City’s run of three consecutive televised Premier League matches sees them make the trip to the Britannia Stadium to face Mark Hughes’ Stoke City.
Kicking off at 13.30 on Sunday to cater for live broadcasting on Sky Sports, the game sees both sides return to top flight action after successfully progressing in the Capital One Cup midweek.
While few City fans need reminding of the dramatic extra-time comeback against Watford on Tuesday night, it’s worth highlighting that the Potters avoided a banana skin of their own – Stephen Ireland and Peter Crouch goals were enough to see off League One Tranmere Rovers.
That result continued Stoke’s encouraging start under new manager Hughes, who took over from long-serving Tony Pulis in the summer, and they currently sit tenth in the table having won two of their opening five Premier League games.
City have had much luck on their recent trips to Staffordshire, having lost on their last five visits including last season’s 1-0 defeat thanks to Charlie Adam’s winner, but their exploits at Vicarage Road will certainly provide a boost.
This will be the 50th meeting between the two sides, with Stoke leading the head-to-head having won 19 to City’s 16, with the other 14 ending in draws.
MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Stoke City 1-0 NORWICH CITY 27/04/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-0 Stoke City 03/11/2012 – Premier League
Stoke City 1-0 NORWICH CITY 03/03/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-1 Stoke City 21/08/2011 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-1 Stoke City 11/03/2008 – Championship
LAST TIME AROUND… Stoke City 1-0 Norwich City April 27 2013 – Premier League
The Canaries were caught napping a minute into the second-half as Charlie Adam poked home the only goal of the game to leave City nervously looking over their shoulders in the Premier League with three games to go.
In a game of few chances, Adam’s goal proved decisive, with Norwich going closest through a Kei Kamara header the just cleared the bar in stoppage time.
Chris Hughton said afterwards: "We were in good form coming into the game, but we came up against a Stoke side that were back to their most direct.
"I thought we dealt with that very well, but we didn't do enough to win the game.
"We've got two home games now, which I'd like to think helps. But it's a nervy part of the season."
W – 2-0 v Tranmere Rovers (A) 25/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
L – 1-3 v Arsenal (A) 22/09/2013 – Premier League
D – 0-0 v Manchester City (H) 14/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v West Ham United (A) 31/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-1 v Walsall (H) 28/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round
W – 3-2 (AET) v Watford (A) 24/09/2013 – Capital One Cup Third Round
L – 0-1 v Aston Villa (H) 21/09/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Tottenham Hotspur (A) 14/09/2013 – Premier League
W – 1-0 v Southampton (H) 31/08/2013 – Premier League
W – 6-3 v Bury (H) 27/08/2013 – Capital One Cup Second Round
LAST STOKE CITY XI (4-5-1 v Tranmere Rovers)…
Thomas Sorensen; Geoff Cameron, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Muniesa; Jermaine Pennant, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios, Stephen Ireland, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Crouch.
LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-1-1 v Watford)…
Mark Bunn; Steven Whittaker, Russell Martin (c), Ryan Bennett, Javier Garrido; Nathan Redmond, Alexander Tettey, Bradley Johnson, Martin Olsson; Wes Hoolahan; Gary Hooper.
REFEREE – Anthony Taylor…
Sunday’s referee Anthony Taylor has taken charge of two Premier League games so far this season.
The Cheshire official sent off Laurent Koscielny on the opening day of the campaign as Aston Villa stormed to a 3-1 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
He also refereed Cardiff City’s 0-0 draw with Everton at the back end of August.
Taylor’s last Norwich City game was coincidentally on their last visit to Stoke back in April, when he dealt out six yellow cards including Canaries pair Bradley Johnson and Grant Holt.
In his 35 matches last season, Taylor awarded 88 yellow cards and six red cards.
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