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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,502) 28th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Foy

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Stoke v Arsenal preview

Both sides looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 27/04/12 11:55am

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Peter Crouch battles Alex Song at the Emirates earlier in the season

Peter Crouch battles Alex Song at the Emirates earlier in the season

Arsenal will look to cement third place in the Premier League when they travel to an out-of-form Stoke on Saturday.

However it could be a difficult task for the Gunners who have won just one of their four trips to the Britannia Stadium in all competitions since the Potters returned to the top flight.

The contest is one which also could produce goals, with four of the last five meetings between the sides ending 3-1.

Form guide: Stoke: DWDLL Arsenal: WWLWW Injuries: Stoke: Wilkinson Arsenal: Diaby, Walcott, Arteta, Wilshere, Mertesacker Referee: Chris Foy Sky Bet odds: Stoke 16/5 Draw 13/5 Arsenal 5/6 Opta stat: Robin van Persie has fired in 63 shots on target from inside the penalty area, two more than the entire Stoke team. Bet on Saturday's match

Stoke have won just one of their last seven league games, a run which has seen them drop out of the top half of the table, however their home ground remains a fortress, losing at home just four times all season, holding both Manchester clubs to draws and defeating Liverpool.

Whilst the club are in no risk of relegation, Tony Pulis will want his side to finish the season on a positive note.

The Gunners will want to get back to winning ways after stumbling in recent weeks. A run of five straight wins was brought to an end by QPR, but they bounced back with an impressive win over Manchester City and a comfortable win at Wolves.

However that was followed by a shock 2-1 home defeat by Wigan, meaning Newcastle and Tottenham have been able to stay in touch with the Gunners in the race for a Champions League spot.

Team news

Andy Wilkinson will miss the game for Stoke with a groin injury and is also a doubt for Tuesday's game with Everton.

Jermaine Pennant has returned to training after two weeks out with a virus, but is unlikely to be fit enough to start the match.

Yossi Benayoun could return for Arsenal, having been ineligible to play against his parent club Chelsea last weekend.

Abou Diaby will be assessed ahead of the game as he continues to fight a virus which is also affecting Tomas Rosicky, though the Czech should be fit for the match.

Theo Walcott will miss the game with a hamstring injury picked up in the draw with Chelsea, but Arsene Wenger is hopeful he could be fit before the end of the season.

Mikel Arteta (ankle), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Per Mertesacker (ankle) are all long-term absentees.

Potential Starting XIs

Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Whitehead, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Ramsey, Song, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Benayoun, Rosicky, Van Persie.

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Table

Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 35 83
2 Manchester City 35 70
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 35 65
5 Liverpool 35 61
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 58
7 Southampton 35 57
8 Swansea City 35 53
9 West Ham United 35 47
10 Stoke City 35 47
11 Everton 35 44
12 Crystal Palace 35 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 40
14 Aston Villa 35 35
15 Newcastle United 35 35
16 Hull City 34 34
17 Leicester City 35 34
18 Sunderland 34 33
19 Queens Park Rangers 35 27
20 Burnley 35 26

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