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Britannia Stadium (ATT 26,678) 26th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

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Stoke v Swansea preview

Potters out to end losing run

Last Updated: 24/02/12 3:27pm

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Stoke will be aiming to bounce back from Thursday's Europa League exit by returning to winning ways at home to Swansea on Sunday.

Form guide: Stoke: DLLLL Swansea: WLDWL Injuries: Stoke: Swansea: Suspensions: Stoke: Huth Swansea: None Referee: Howard Webb Sky Bet odds: Stoke 11/10, Draw 23/10, Swansea 13/5 Jamie Redknapp's Red Hot Tips: Danny Graham to score first 7/1 Opta stat: Stoke have won just two of their last eight Premier League home games (W2 D2 L4).

The Potters' European adventure finally came to an end with defeat in Valencia and Tony Pulis' thoughts will now turn to improving their domestic form after four defeats in a row in the Premier League.

It seems the Stoke boss already had one eye on this clash given that he named just four substitutes for the trip to the Mestalla, leaving the likes of Peter Crouch and Jon Walters at home.

And Pulis will be expecting to reap the rewards against a Swansea side that - for all the plaudits they have received - are struggling on their travels.

Brendan Rodgers' men have won just twice away from home in the Premier League, although they did pick up a victory at West Brom earlier this month.

But the Swans followed that result up with a disappointing home defeat by Norwich and will need to avoid a similar outcome if they are prevent Stoke from leapfrogging them in the table.

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Pulis is expected to make significant changes to the team that exited the Europa League in Valencia on Thursday evening.

Crouch, Walters and Matthew Etherington could all return to the side after being rested in midweek.

Robert Huth is still serving a suspension for his sending off against Sunderland, although Rory Delap's red card at Crawley has been rescinded.

Swansea will welcome back Joe Allen after he missed the home game against Norwich through injury.

And Allen could oust Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran from the Swans' midfield.

Kemy Agustien and Andrea Orlandi are doubts but Rodgers will have a near full-strength squad to choose from for the trip to the Britannia Stadium.

Possible starting XIs

Stoke: Sorensen; Delap, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Wilson; Pennant, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington; Crouch, Walters.

Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Caulker, Williams, Taylor; Britton, Allen, Sigurdsson; Dyer, Sinclair, Graham.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30


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