2021-22 Sky Bet Championship: Week 13 – Tuesday

Stoke City welcome Bournemouth to BET365 Stadium in the headline tie from the latest opening set of midweek Sky Bet Championship fixtures.

Victory will put Stoke up to third until Wednesday evening, whereas Bournemouth can extend their lead over West Brom at the top to six points with a win.

 

Team News

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Tyrese Campbell is available for Stoke after recovering from a knee injury.

Alfie Doughty and Demeaco Duhaney will also be in contention after recovering from illness which forced the pair to miss Saturday’s defeat at Sheffield United.

Abdallah Sima (ankle) and Morgan Fox (hamstring) remain ruled out

Bournemouth have no fresh injury concerns to report as Lewis Cook and Steve Cook continue to near returns from knee injuries.

David Brooks (illness) is absent indefinitely.

 

Stat Attack

  • Stoke have won just one of their last six meetings against Bournemouth (W1, D1, L4).
  • Bournemouth have won each of their last three visits to Stoke (W3), with two of their wins coming in 1-0 results in November 2016 and January 2021 respectively.
  • Michael O’Neill’s Potters have kept three clean sheets in six home league matches this season.
  • Stoke are yet to lose at home in matches refereed by Dean Whitestone (W1, D1).

 

Prediction

Having suffered a late defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday after defensively failing to deal with a late burst of attacking energy from the Blades, Stoke definitely should come here looking to find more focus in their defensive positioning to close gaps once ahead.

Bournemouth however look in inspired form with five consecutive away clean sheets in the league and have found their best attacking style, which has allowed the defence to get involved so I do expect them to come here looking to continue their momentum especially following Robbie Brady’s free transfer.

On that note, this feels like a game that could well be an entertaining scrap but I am going for an away win if Stoke don’t improve defensively.

Prediction: Stoke 1-2 Bournemouth

Result: Stoke 0-1 Bournemouth

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