Southampton vs Stoke City 10/25/2014 English Premier League Preview
Stoke City vs Southampton
Saturday 25th October 2014 15:00(GMT)
The Line: Southampton 3/5 Draw 3/1 Stoke City 5/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Premier League Extra Time; NBC Sports
Before this season not many in English football would have been able to tell you who Graziano Pelle was or where he was plying his trade. Ask anyone who supports a team in the league now and they will tell you exactly where Pelle is and even where he came from. Pelle was a steal at €8million from Ronaldo Koemans old club Feyenoord where the Italian had scored 50 league goals over the last two seasons. But apart from Pelle Southampton as a club were supposed to be in trouble after a summer of sales, out went Llalana, Chambers, Shaw and Lambert and of course Pochettino the manager, with the loss of the heart of the club the Saints were supposed to be relegation fodder. Instead Ronald Koeman has turned them into Champions League contenders and last week they anhilated Sunderland by eight goals. Tadic, Pelle and Wanyama are playing inspired football in addition to a solid backline that has conceded the fewest in the league this far. A recipe for success if ever I read one.
While Southampton have been inspired and are playing terrific football Stoke City are battling through a number of injuries and have of late started to turn things around. A big win last week against Swansea was the Potters third win in four matches and has brought the club from the relegaton zone to mid table. Mark Hughes knows his teams strengths and plays to them in every match. Stoke are hard working , they graft for each other and most importantly they all row in behind the manager and his system. Crouch and Walters are the main threats up front with Diouf something of an unknown quantity also thrown in the mix. Stoke have a very solid back four though and will look to keep Pelle and Tadic under wraps tomorrow from the off.
BPL Kieran McManus, Daily Mail
The price isnt the best but a Southampton win here looks the most likely outcomes. There is not much value in the price though and although both teams have decent defences I have a feeling we see some goals here. Both teams have been scoring of late in fact both have scored in eight of their last nine in all competitions and I like both sets of partnerships up front. Crouch and Diouf play the little and large combination very well and Pelle and Tadic seem t have an almost telepathic link in their play. I am taking the overs here. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo