Paul Lambert goes nuts

Stoke injury boosts ahead of Southampton

Stoke City have this afternoon been dealt a pair of boosts on the injury front, ahead of the club’s crunch clash with Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Matchup

The two sides are set to go head to head at St. Mary’s, with both desperate for a win to ease their respective relegation worries.

Southampton currently sit precariously in 16th place in the Premier League table, just a single point above 18th-placed Swansea.

The Saints have incredibly managed to win just one of their last fifteen league outings, though they did snatch a morale-boosting point away to Burnley last time out, courtesy of a late strike from Manolo Gabbiadini.

Stoke, meanwhile, sit in 19th-place in the English top-flight, though the tight nature of the Premier League relegation battle means that a win could potentially lift the Potters to 16th.

Paul Lambert’s men have actually avoided defeat in 4 of their last 6 league outings, but just 1 of these results came in the form of a victory.

Injury news

However, the Potters’ chances of picking up all 3 points this weekend have today been dealt a boost, with the news that Ryan Shawcross and Peter Crouch, who were both viewed as doubts to face Southampton, look likely to be available:

Southampton vs Stoke predictions: Premier League preview, line-ups & football betting tips

Liverpool set sights on Southampton midfielder