Stoke v Blackburn: Match Preview


Stoke v Blackburn
Barclays Premier League
Britannia Stadium
Saturday 26th November 2011, 12.45

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Stoke may be without record singing Peter Crouch who sustained a groin injury in action last weekend against Queens Park Rangers. Rory Delap and Matthew Etherington are also doubtful as they are both struggling with back problems.

Meanwhile, Wilson Palacios, Cameron Jerome and Jonathan Woodgate could all be back in contention to bolster the Potters' side.

Rovers' absentees include club-captain Chris Samba, Martin Olsson and Michel Salgado. David Dunn is also unavailable as he is due to serve a one-game suspension.

Jason Lowe will be back for Blackburn after missing their last game due to a ban.

Potters look to end losing streak

Stoke host a Blackburn side on Saturday who have never scored a goal at the Britannia Stadium in their Barclays Premier League history.

Stoke have won the last three meetings between the two and will need a result out of the game in order to avoid losing five consecutive games for the first time in 26 years ago.

Thomas Sorensen, who earn his 100th start for Stoke last weekend, will look to build on his return to league action which the star admitted carried mixed emotions.

After Stoke's fourth defeat in a row the 35-year-old 'keeper admitted his side must focus on the basics in order to bounce back from their worst Premier League start.

"It was great to get back in the Premier League side, but it was extremely frustrating not to be able to affect the result," said Sorensen.

"We conceded three goals that I couldn't do anything about. I was left with being happy that I've played, but frustrated that with conceding three goals."

Looking ahead to Saturday's game Sorensen was quick to admit his side have things to work on prior to the lunch-time kick-off and said he is hoping to help the Potters get a victory which could change their season.

"We definitely have things to work on going into the Blackburn game, but hopefully I can use some of my experience and to try to sort those things out," he said.

"We need to get back to clean sheets, working hard and defending properly."

A win for Stoke would leave them eight-points clear of struggling Blackburn who have only won once all season.

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