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Stoke v Norwich: Match preview

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Ireland could make his full home debut against Norwich. (©GettyImages)
Ireland could make his full home debut against Norwich. (©GettyImages).

Mark Hughes' men will be wanting to forget their disappointing loss to Arsenal last week as they entertain a Norwich side who haven't scored in 202 minutes of league football this season.

Both teams progressed to the last 16 of the League Cup in midweek but turn their attentions turn back to the league in what could be a scrappy affair in Staffordshire.

Norwich lost two games on the bounce to Tottenham and Aston Villa before the win away to Watford in midweek whereas Stoke were on a four-match winning streak before they were halted by Arsenal last week at the Emirates Stadium.

Team News

Stephen Ireland limped off the pitch on Wednesday night against Tranmere at Prenton Park, but should be fit for Sunday's game. Erik Pieters sat out of the cup game due to injury but should also be fit enough to make his return.

Norwich have a fully fit squad ready for the trip to the Potteries.

Stats

Each of the past five games between Stoke and Norwich have seen fewer than three goals scored.

Stoke have the best long ball accuracy in the Premier League this season.

Norwich have seen only two opposing players booked in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other side.

Despite their poor form, Norwich have one more point (4) than they did at this stage last season in the Premier League.

Stoke have gained seven points from four goals this season, only three teams have managed a better return.

Only two of Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s 11 shots (inc. blocked) this season have been on target.

Both teams have bagged just seven goals this season.

Players to watch:

Stoke

Marko Arnautovic was on fire against Tranmere and has that spark of magic Stoke have been missing for the past few seasons. He will be hoping to get off the mark with a goal on Sunday.

Norwich

Robert Snodgrass has been Norwich's main source of goals this season and is Chris Hughton's main danger man.

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