Player News - Stoke City

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Jon Walters joins Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie who are all potential absentees for Stoke City's season finale against Liverpool.

Mark Hughes faces a trio of potential absentees on his front line with Jon Walters, Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie all facing questions about their availability for Sunday's match with Liverpool. Mame Biram Diouf is a lock to start but whether he is a lone striker or one of the walking wounded joins him is a big question. Fantasy managers should focus what energy they have for Stoke City's attack on Diouf, Marko Arnautovic and Charlie Adam who are among the stronger bets available.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:48 AM

Peter Crouch joins Peter Odemwingie and Jon Walters as potential absentees for Stoke City's final match of the season against Liverpool at the Britannia.

The former Liverpool man may miss out on the season finale against his former club with a vague injury mentioned by the BBC in their Week 38 match preview. With Crouch, Odemwingie, and Walters all in the same category of being listed with vague injury concerns just about anything could happen with the Potters' strikeforce. It probably makes sense to stay away unless you're in a desperate situation.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:38 AM

With Peter Crouch, Peter Odemwingie and Jon Walters all doubts for Week 38, Mame Biram Diouf might be lonely on top of the Stoke City attack.

While none of the three forwards - Crouch, Odemwingie or Walters - has been ruled out for sure, all of them are at risk of missing out on a season finale that means little to the Potters. Stoke City haven't provided a great deal of information about any of the injuries in question in their Friday press conferences so it may be nothing but fantasy managers should beware in bringing in any of the three Stoke City forwards.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:35 AM

Marko Arnautovic continued his streak of yo-yo fantasy performances for the seventh consecutive week with a weak showing against Burnley.

1, 14, 3, 17, 3, 15, 4. You don't have to be an analytical genius to have predicted an off week for Arnautovic in Week 37 or to predict a big Week 38 either. A real data analyst will tell you that there is nothing "real" behind this sort of a pattern but with so little to base analysis on heading into a final weekend that is meaningless for so many teams and players, do you have anything better to base a selection on?
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:31 PM

Stoke City were kept off the scoreboard and Charlie Adam was largely quiet with peripheral statistics as his fantasy production fell off significantly from the previous week.

Charlie Adam has enjoyed a revival in recent weeks due in large part to increased opportunity caused by injuries within the Stoke City squad. With Bojan and Victor Moses out, Mark Hughes has struggled to find the right combination of attacking players to keep the Potters on the score sheet. One of the beneficiaries had been Adam who went without a goal from mid-October to early April but has now scored four of his six total league goals over the past seven matches including six starts. He is a good bet to start the finale given his production and the lack of alternatives.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:28 PM

Ryan Shawcross was uncertain for Week 37 but he overcame his injury and put up big fantasy numbers in Stoke City's nil-nil draw at Turf Moor.

Three blocked shots, a clean sheet, two tackles won and two passes intercepted. That's a strong effort from a central defender and a good indication of why Burnley were unable to break through with a goal in their final home match in the Premier League before being relegated. Despite the strong showing Shawcross, who has been nicked up for a great deal of the second half of the season, might be at risk for being rotated for the final match after Stoke City eclipsed their highest-ever point total in the Premier League.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 21 - 5:22 PM

Jack Butland got a third consecutive start and made it two clean sheets in a row and in his three matches overall as Stoke City picked up a nil-nil draw at Turf Moor.

Butland is certainly making a solid case that Stoke City can cash in on Asmir Begovic and still feel good about their goalkeeping situation next season. Butland made a number of saves from Danny Ings shots as well as a strong volley from Danny Jones. The draw saw Stoke City achieve their highest ever point total in the Premier League with another week still to play. Things are looking pretty solid at the Britannia heading into the summer.
Source: espnfc.com
May 16 - 12:56 PM

Asmir Begovic is back in contention after two weeks out injured and Mark Hughes has been vague about his intentions in goal for Week 37.

All other things being equal, you'd expect Asmir Begovic to return to his starting job now that he's healthy and available again. Two things confound the notion that this is what will certainly happen. First, it's the end of the season and Stoke City don't really have anything significant to play for. Second, Begovic may be headed elsewhere this summer and understanding what they have in Butland may be more important than having the better, more experienced goalkeeper in net on Saturday. If you have to decide on your fantasy squad before line-ups are announced then it's probably best to avoid either Stoke City keeper even with goal-shy Burnley the opposition.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 9:59 AM

Asmir Begovic missed two matches after undergoing a minor surgical procedure but could return for Stoke City in Week 37.

Jack Butland's two starts deputizing for Begovic were a mixed bag and certainly didn't feel like a sure-fire changing of the guard if Mark Hughes has anything to say about it. Begovic has been the subject of numerous transfer rumors over the past year and the volume of those rumors seems to be picking up including Chelsea, Manchester United, and Liverpool as possible destinations. As the Potters work to determine Begovic's long-term fate, fantasy managers should be cautious. If Stoke City have already decided to sell internally, they may decide to use the last few matches of the season to give Butland more experience.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 9:56 AM

Ryan Shawcross sustained a knee injury in training on Tuesday and is doubtful for Saturday's match against Burnley.

With his club resting fairly comfortably in 9th place, Mark Hughes doesn't have a great deal of motivation to rush his captain back into the starting line-up. With six points between the Potters and eighth place and a rapidly-fading West Ham three points behind in 10th, Hughes will likely feel comfortable with the notion of bringing Marc Wilson back into the line-up to replace Shawcross. Wilson missed last weekend's 3-0 win over Spurs due to suspension but will be eligible again this weekend and an obvious replacement at center back.
Source: espnfc.com
May 15 - 9:51 AM

Marko Arnautovic continued to prove his value as a deputy attacker with Bojan and Victor Moses both out as he provided an assist in Stoke City's 3-0 win over Spurs.

Marko Arnautovic's up and down run of results continued in Week 36 as he put up fifteen fantasy points in the Yahoo format on the basis of three shots on target, an assist, a successful cross and a tackle won. His past six outings have been 1, 14, 3, 17, 3, and 15 meaning managers should probably ignore him for Week 37 but loading up for the final week of the season looks like a no-brainer.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:28 AM

Steven Nzonzi isn't a goal-scorer but he got his second of the season as Stoke City routed Tottenham 3-0 at the Britannia on Saturday.

Nzonzi has quietly been establishing himself as a well-above-average holding midfielder in the Premier League. Entering the prime of his career, Nzonzi has been at the center of a lot of good things for Stoke City this season. His is not a glamorous name in the transfer rumor mill but it wouldn't be crazy to see him considered as a potential replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton (if Harrison Reed isn't deemed ready) or alternative to him for a club like Spurs who fails to land the Frenchman.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:21 AM

Jack Butland didn't have a great outing in his first start last weekend but he and Stoke City turned it up and beat Spurs 3-0 with Butland notching five saves in the effort.

Jack Butland has started two matches this season and they couldn't have gone any more differently for either he or Stoke City. After a fairly limp loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, Butland rebounded with five saves and his teammates scored three to topple stumbling Spurs at the Britannia. It may be a preview of things to come as there are persistent rumors that Asmir Begovic will leave the Potteries this summer leaving Butland as the potential starter in goal for 2015-16.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 14 - 10:13 AM

Stoke City fired on all cylinders, scoring three times and keeping Tottenham out in a 3-0 win.

The Potters were brilliant today, with Charlie Adam keeping up his fine form, He headed in a Mame Biram Diouf cross that touched off a Spur defender on the way to open the scoring. Steven N'Zonzi scored next after an Adam cross toward the box resulted in a collision between Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier. Diouf would then cap off the scoring by tapping in a cross from Marko Arnautovic at the near post. Jack Butland, the future at keeper for the Potters, did not make a mistake and earned a clean sheet.
Source: NBC Sports
May 9 - 11:59 AM

Jack Butland will start for Stoke City in Week 36 after Asmir Begovic underwent a "minor procedure".

Mark Hughes said that it was always his intention to give Butland a couple of starts late in the season to see what he has with Begovic possibly off after the season. With Begovic having a minor procedure, the opportunity was clear to do just that without worry that Begovic might take offense and be that much more inclined to leave in the summer. Spurs have been a bit goalshy in recent weeks but Stoke City haven't been great either so Butland should only be an option if you're in a desperate situation.
May 8 - 1:40 PM



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