Player News - Stoke City

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Peter Crouch scored for the second straight week with a header in the 15th minute, and Stoke City held on to take the points in the 1-0 final over Newcastle.

Also like last week, Victor Moses was the architect for most of the evening and is shaping up to have a fine season with the Potters after being an afterthought at Anfield last year. Moses sent in the cross that Crouch would beat Fabricio Coloccini to in order to score. Mame Diouf had to exit the game early due to injury and there should be details on that soon, but Stephen Ireland made a return from his own injury to play the final half hour.

Victor Moses wasn't quite the transcendent fantasy player we saw in Week 4 against QPR in Week 5 but he still had an excellent outing.

The winger on loan to Stoke City from Chelsea appears to have found a home after he struggled for playing time at Liverpool last season. In his last two matches against Leicester City and QPR he has totaled 35 points in the Yahoo scoring system with two all-action performances. Last weekend his production was almost entirely on the attacking end but this weekend he combined attacking productivity (an assist, a shot on target and two successful crosses) with some defending (two passes intercepted and three tackles won). If he starts adding the occasional goal to his game he's going to be a fantasy force and he isn't too far off of that right now.
Sep 24 - 7:34 PM

Former Spanish youth international Marc Muniesa scored a brace against Sunderland to put Stoke City through to the final 16 of the League Cup.

Who would have guessed that Stoke City would end up employing two former Barcelona trainees and that the one scoring a brace against Sunderland on Tuesday wouldn't be Bojan? That was the case as left back Marc Muniesa scored two left-footed goals to answer Jozy Altidore's opener and give Stoke City a League Cup win at the Stadium of Light. It is also worth noting that Stoke City held 60% of the possession on the day. It's a far cry from the Tony Pulis era, huh?
Sep 23 - 5:15 PM

Peter Crouch was the attacking star of the day for Stoke City, assisting their first goal and scoring their next, but the Potters would let two advantages slip away and settled for a 2-2 draw with QPR.

It was a breakout day for Crouch, as he registered both his first goal and assist of the 2014/2015 campaign. When his height is taken advantage of, it is just a matter of finding him with a cross in the box, and Stoke's first goal was a result of just that, but instead of heading into goal, he flicked it on to Mame Diouf, who scored his second goal of the season. Crouch would get his in the second half after firing home a lovely low cross fross from Victor Moses. Diouf seems to be the better value in fantasy right now, but Crouch is hitting some form right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 20 - 9:55 AM

Marco Arnautovic is questionable for the Potters' Week 5 trip to Loftus Road with a foot injury.

Stoke City are in the unusual position of having a lot of attacking options on the roster now with Arnautovic, Victor Moses, Oussama Assaidi, Bojan, Mame Biram Diouf, Stephen Ireland, Peter Crouch and Jon Walters. Throw in Steve Sidwell and Charlie Adam in a more box-to-box role and you have a lot of names for few spots. The entire group hasn't been healthy and present on the roster at the same time yet but if Arnautovic passes his fitness test then most of them will be available for Week 5. How they line up will be fascinating.
Sep 19 - 8:27 PM

Stephen Ireland has been described as "hopefully" back in contention for Stoke City's Week 5 match-up with Queens Park Rangers.

With the Potters having upgraded their attacking spots in the transfer window, it isn't clear that Ireland will get much playing time even when entirely healthy. It is best to assume that he will make a minimal, if any, contribution this weekend given his place in the pecking order combined with his health not being 100% certain.
Sep 19 - 8:17 PM

Jonathan Walters is a fitness doubt ahead of the trip to Loftus Road after the Republic of Ireland international picked up a knock during the home defeat to Leicester City last Saturday.

The striker was one of two injuries suffered by Stoke at The Britannia Stadium - Dutch defender Eric Pieters' being the other who was withdrawn due to an unspecified knock - and having failed to train this week Walters could miss out. Mark Hughes may also decide to rest his attacking stalwart with a midweek Capital One cup match on Wearside to consider. However there was better news regarding midfielder Stephen Ireland who had been sidelined with a rib strain – the player has returned to training and will be in contention. Assaidi and Charlie Adam are pushing for a place in the eleven after a solid week of training.
Sep 18 - 9:21 AM

Victor Moses gave one of the all-time performances for a fantasy player whose team neither scored a goal nor kept a clean sheet in Week 4.

Victor Moses was a fantasy stud on a day when Stoke City were shut out by visiting Leicester City. The Chelsea loanee was rampant from the wing with coming up with nine (9!) successful crosses, four corners won, five fouls won, three tackles won, and a pass intercepted. He scored 22 points in the Yahoo format without registering so much as a shot on target. Just a great effort at doing the little things that add up in fantasy on a day when there were no big chunks of points to be had.
Sep 15 - 3:36 PM

Having returned for a second loan at Stoke City on deadline day, Oussama Assaidi is in contention to make his first start of the season for the Potters.

The Liverpool player enjoyed a productive loan spell at Stoke City under Mark Hughes' direction over the second half of last season and hopes to pick up where he left off now that he is back in red and white stripes. With Peter Odemwingie out and Mame Biram Diouf returning late from international duty, Stoke may need his attacking punch right away. It may be one week too early to start the winger for fantasy purposes but if you're in a pinch he's a better than 50% bet to start.
Sep 12 - 2:03 PM

Mame Biram Diouf will be assessed before Week 4 after arriving back from international duty after training on Friday.

The Senegalese international did not return to the club before team news was published on Friday leaving his participation for this weekend's match in doubt. With Peter Crouch and Bojan both available and, presumably, well-rested it may be that Diouf takes a place on the bench or is even given the day off to recover from his travels. You have to view starting Diouf as at least a significant risk this weekend.
Sep 12 - 2:00 PM

Victor Moses should start for Stoke against Leicester in Week 4 and the winger is another midfield option being tipped by Nik Argiropoulos.

The serious injury to Peter Odemwingie is a huge blow for Stoke, but it could open up the door for Moses to reignite his flailing career at the Britannia. The on-loan Chelsea winger can be a real threat when on form and is a bargain price in the Yahoo game, so a risk-taking fantasy manager may feel it’s a chance worth taking for the match against Leicester.
Sep 11 - 9:41 AM

Stoke City have signed forward Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool on a season-long loan and will pay a £1m loan free.

Assaidi should be useful for Stoke, who need the help in attack. He wasn't going to get any playing time at Liverpool, so this is definitely a positive transfer for the forward. It's important to note that he has a lateral knee ligament sprain and could be out of action for a while. We don't have a return date for him so keep an eye out before you add him to any fantasy leagues. He is only a fantasy option in the deepest of formats, even when healthy.
Source: BBC
Sep 1 - 5:45 PM

Despite the striker’s worrying departure on a stretcher at The Etihad on Saturday Mark Hughes confirmed post-match that the injury suffered by Peter Odemwingie was "nothing sinister." However after a weekend of further testing fears are beginning to mount that the Nigerian striker could be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with suspected cruciate ligament damage.

Peter Odemwingie had just returned to the Stoke first team squad following his late arrival post-World Cup and was introduced as a second half substitute in Manchester but collapsed to the turf after 20 minutes as he stood away from the play. If confirmed, the injury could sideline the Stoke player for around 9 months with Mark Hughes potentially making a late move in the transfer market on deadline day as the Potters look for additional attacking cover.
Sep 1 - 8:53 AM

Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf slotted home a spectacular solo goal in the second half that was enough for his side to defeat Manchester City 1-0.

The goal was spectacular but Joe Hart should have done better and will be blamed for the goal today. This is a big blow for Manchester City who have not looked as impressive in their title defense this year. A home defeat puts pressure on the team and the coach, especially when it's against a mid-table squad. Stoke City, on the other hand, now have four points from their first three matches, putting them in ninth place, right around where they belong.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 12:51 PM

Stephen Ireland will be held out of the Stoke City squad for Week 3 as he nurses a rib injury back to health.

Ireland wasn't likely to see a great deal of playing time with the arrivals of Steve Sidwell, Bojan Krkic, and Victor Moses to the midfield ranks but a rib injury will ensure that he doesn't figure in Week 3. It seems likely he'll be ready to return after the international break.
Aug 29 - 5:19 PM

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