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Erik Pieters | Defensemen | #3

Team: Stoke City
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 183

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Erik Pieters joins fellow Dutchman Bruno Martins Indi in returning from injury for Stoke City as they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in Week 23 action.
Pieters return is crucial because the Potters really don't have strong deputies at either outside back positions. The newly arrived Moritz Bauer may start to answer that concern on the right flank of the defense but Pieters is really the only specialist left back with significant first team experience at the club. His return will shore up a significant weakness but still may not be enough to hold back even the current muted attack being offered up by Manchester United. Jan 12 - 2:31 PM

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Mark Hughes will hope Erik Pieters is back lest he be forced to start second choice players across the entire defense against reigning champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues attack is to be feared under almost all circumstances. Playing at home against an already struggling side that could be without four or five first choice defenders makes the prospect of the Blues that much more terrifying. Erik Pieters could make a return from a hip problem but is no sure thing. That glimmer of hope separates him from Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma, and Glen Johnson who are all definitely out.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:13:00 PM

Stoke City will look to make it two in a row on Boxing Day at Huddersfield Town but will likely have to do it without right back Erik Pieters.

Stoke City overcame defensive absences to win at home against struggling West Brom on Saturday. The task gets tougher with a trip to Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day. The Terriers are.just outside the top half and their guests will be missing Glern Johnson, Bruno Martins Indi and likely Erik Pieters. If you have to make a choice on Pieters' participation for fantasy purposes then it's probably best to assume that he'll miss out again.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 11:24:00 AM

Erik Pieters could add to Mark Hughes' woes as he has been ruled questionable for the visit of West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew.

If Pieters doesn't make the late fitness test then it could be a full defense missing with Kurt Zouma, Bruno Martins Indi and Glen Johnson also either out or doubtful to participate. Expect Albion to have a stronger than usual attacking presence with the Potters weakened across the defense.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 02:42:00 PM

Stoke City left back Erik Pieters will be available again for the Potters in Week 36 after serving his two match suspension.

Bad news for Sunderland as Stoke City will have at least one of their recently-absent defenders back for the visit of the Black Cats. Pieters served a two match suspension for the accumulation of ten yellow cards and the Black Cats were poor while he was out dropping consecutive 4-0 decisions to Spurs and Manchester City. Pieters absence wasn't the only issue as they lost 4-1 to Liverpool in the match he picked up his 10th yellow so his return is certainly no panacea.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Erik Pieters has been suspended for two matches following his tenth yellow card of the season in the 4-1 loss to Liverpool last weekend.

The Stoke City defense certainly didn't need this. With Glen Johnson still out, Marc Muniesa struggling for fitness and Ryan Shawcross still working his way back to full fitness the loss of Erik Pieters for two matches hurts what is already a weakened Stoke City defense. Muniesa was the logical choice to deputize and where Mark Hughes turns if the former Barcelona trainee isn't available isn't clear. With Spurs in fine form and the Potters' defense weakened, look for a big match from Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christen Eriksen and company.
Fri, Apr 15, 2016 11:27:00 AM

A ray of hope on an otherwise grim injury news day for Stoke City sees Erik Pieters back and ready to resume his post at left back.

The rest of the defense is decimated with Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron, Marc Wilson, and Glen Johnson all confirmed absentees for Week 32. The back four is likely to consist of Bardsley, Wollscheid, Muniesa and Pieters. Certainly not ideal but at least each player typically plays the position they are being asked to play this weekend which is a step forward for Mark Hughes' injury-ravaged group.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 03:56:00 PM

Erik Pieters could return to the Stoke City line-up at Vicarage Road this weekend after missing time with a calf injury.

With Ryan Shawcross injured yet again, a return by Pieters would bolster a defense that has been struggling mightily with injuries for months. Phil Bardsley will be available again which will help with depth on the right side of the defense but having their first choice left back available as well would be a big boost. Geoff Cameron has been a jack of all defensive trades for the Potters this season and could deputize centrally with Marc Muniesa moving to the left if Pieters can't pass his fitness test.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 09:37:00 AM

Erik Pieters could add to the Potters' defensive woes as he struggles to recover from a calf strain in time to face Southampton on Saturday.

With Ryan Shawcross nearing a return it would be a cruel blow for Mark Hughes to lose another defender with Glen Johnson, Phil Bardsley, and Marc Wilson all definitely out and Shawcross' status for the weekend uncertain. The Potters will already be using a makeshift solution at right back where Johnson and Bardsley are out but Pieters' absence would make it a similar situation on the left side as well. Could be a big day for Southampton's wide players.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 12:46:00 PM

Erik Pieters will miss Stoke City's Tuesday League Cup clash with Chelsea due to a suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards.

Erik Pieters will miss the Potters' Capital One Cup match with Chelsea on Tuesday as the result of picking up his 5th yellow card of the season against Watford. Mark Hughes will likely still think highly of his chances given Chelsea's poor form this season. He will also be happy not to lose Pieters for any Premier League matches as the suspension comes during the League Cup.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 11:22:00 AM

Erik Pieters put up solid phantom points in Stoke City's Week 35 loss at the Liberty Stadium.

When a team is dominated in possession but not destroyed on the scoreboard as Stoke City were against the Swans, there tend to be one or two defenders who compile solid-to-strong defending stats as they attempt to hold back the opposing tide. Erik Pieters was that man at the Liberty Stadium as he won four tackles, blocked two shots, won three fouls, intercepted a pass and completed a successful cross. It's hard to pick out this sort of performance but Pieters had his second in a row which could indicate he's back to his best after some time out injured.
Thu, May 7, 2015 09:46:00 AM

Erik Pieters joins Philip Wollscheid as Stoke City defenders facing fitness tests ahead of the Potters' Week 30 match with Crystal Palace.

Stoke City's defense is still at a bit of a deficit with Marc Muniesa definitely out and Pieters and Wollscheid potentially missing as well. Ryan Shawcross is back and will likely partner Marc Wilson in the center of defense but with Muniesa out, it isn't clear who will deputize at left back if Pieters doesn't pass his fitness test. Hughes will likely do everything possible to get Pieters ready to start but if he can't go then either a right back (Andy Wilkinson?) or a versatile defender (Geoff Cameron?) may be pressed into service on the left of the defense.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 02:07:00 PM

Erik Pieters has returned to training after nursing a groin injury back to health and will add to Mark Hughes' defensive options at Villa Park.

It has been a regular M*A*S*H unit along the back line for the Potters over the past couple of weeks but some of the injured are slowly returning to health. Marc Wilson and Pieters join Philip Wollscheid and Phil Bardsley in something approaching a first team defensive group. With goal-shy Aston Villa the opponents this weekend, the Stoke City defense if of particular interest despite coming off of a brutal loss to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 03:21:00 PM

Stoke City were given a double whammy as they were outclassed by Arsenal in a 3-0 loss and lost fullback Erik Pieters to a groin injury in the process.

In a match they were never in, Stoke will be wondering if they were better off not showing up if it meant one of their starters were to pick up an injury. Marc Muniesa came on to replace Pieters at the start of the second half and would figure to occupy the left back role should Pieters miss next week when the Potters look to bounce back against a QPR side who have yet to collect a point on the road this season.
Sun, Jan 11, 2015 11:34:00 AM

Erik Pieters scored his first goal in six years in any competition and it was enough to secure a home win for Stoke against Newcastle.

The irony here is that Pieters' first goal in such a long time really wasn't intentional. His intention appeared to be to make a cross and it ended up finding the net behind Tim Krul. The win moved Stoke to within three points of Newcastle and a place in the top half of the table. With Newcastle stumbling badly you wouldn't bet against the Potters finishing 9th for the first time in their history.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 02:19:00 PM