101 Great Goals’ prediction: Stoke 1-1 Huddersfield
Disappointment and anger were the prevailing reaction made by the Stoke faithful, as the club appointed Paul Lambert as their new manager this week.
The former Aston Villa and Wolves boss is no doubt a controversial appointment, however, a new face in the dugout at the Bet 365 is likely to lift the players.
High-flying Huddersfield have recently hit a rocky patch in the Premier League and can expect to be in for another frustrating afternoon in the Potteries.
Stoke vs Huddersfield: Who will win?
Stoke are strong favourites to win – rated Evens by Paddy Power.
Huddersfield are a decent looking 3/1 to bag a victory at the Bet365.
Stephen Ireland, who showed glimpses of his talent at Manchester United, is 6/1 to score anytime.Claim a £20 free bet on Stoke vs Huddersfield with Paddy Power.
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Following two consecutive defeats, Mark Hughes was sacked as his side fell into deep trouble in the bottom three.
Their defensive woes got worse on Monday too, as Man United put a further three goals past them to make it 8 conceded in their last three.
However, under the watchful eye of new manager Lambert, Stoke will be desperate that their form starts to change.
Following the negative reaction to the Scots arrival, he will be needing to get on the right side with the fans by picking up a result on Saturday.
Huddersfield, meanwhile, have seen their recent fortunes change, going without a win in five.
Last time out, the Terriers were well beaten by West Ham, as the Hammers left the John Smith’s Stadium with all three points in a 1-4 win.
Stoke: Worst defence in the league
No side in the Premier League has conceded more goals than the Potters this season, despite the additions of both Kurt Zouma and Kevin Wimmer.
Stoke have conceded a staggering 50 goals in just 23 games, highlighting their real struggles at the back.
Surprisingly, one man who has looked a shadow of his former self is Jack Butland who, with the World Cup soon approaching, has suffered a real dip in form
This is the first issue that Lambert must address as he faces a major upheaval of this relegation-threatened Stoke side.Claim a £100 bet on Stoke vs Huddersfield with Royal Panda
Huddersfield: Away day woes
The Terriers have enjoyed a great season back in England’s top-flight, although on their travels it’s very much been a different story.
Huddersfield have lost seven of their 11 away trips this season, conceding 23 and scoring just eight, and a visit to the notoriously tough Potteries is not ideal.
However, come Saturday, Huddersfield will be looking to take full advantage of Stoke’s defensive frailties, as they look to start climbing the table again.
Stoke team news vs Huddersfield
Defenders Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters are doubtful for Saturday’s clash, both carrying slight injuries.
Meanwhile, both Glen Johnson and Stephen Ireland will miss the visit of Huddersfield as they continue to recover from injury.
Huddersfield team news vs Stoke
The Terriers are set to be without a trio of stars with Colin Quaner, Martin Cranie and Chris Lowe all doubtful with minor injuries.
Long-term absentees Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic remain sidelined both nursing ligament damage.
January signings Alex Pritchard and Terence Kongolo are both set to feature.Claim a £30 bet on Huddersfield vs Stoke with Dafabet
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