The Potters are coming off the back of a three game unbeaten run that includes an away win at Everton, a home win against West Brom and an important draw against Manchester United on New Years Day.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from their below par performance last time out as they fell to Southampton in a 2-0 loss at St Mary’s, and need to win to keep tabs on the top four.
Arsenal’s home record: Played 9 – Won 5 – Drawn 3 – Lost 1
Much of the focus will be on the home side in this encounter as the Gunners are expected to have German international Mesut Ozil available once again and he could potentially start on Sunday.Embed from Getty Images
Arsene Wenger’s has fielded an unbelievable twelve different combinations in defence this season. An unsettled backline being one of the reasons why Arsenal have struggled thus far.
And Mark Hughes will hope that Bojan can wreak havoc against the Arsenal defence as he did at the Britannia earlier in the season.
Stoke City’s away record: Played 10 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 4
Stoke will be without Mame Biram Diouf however as the Senegal striker is away at the African Cup of Nations.
There is hope for this Arsenal side though, as they have won their last three at home in Premier League and enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Hull in front of their home fans last weekend in the FA Cup.Embed from Getty Images
Their recent form against their opponents hasn’t been good enough however, as they have lost the last two meetings with Stoke. Could this be a third straight win against Arsenal for Mark Hughes’s men?
Arsenal’s last five:W/D/W/W/L
Stoke City’s last five: D/L/W/W/D
Key Stat: Arsenal are undefeated in 26 of their last 27 Premier League games at the Emirates.
Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chile international has been a sensation since his move to the Emirates last summer and most of Arsenal’s attacking play will go through him.
Score Prediction: Arsenal 2 – 1 Stoke City