FootyMAD's Stoke City match preview

Last updated : 11 March 2005 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Stoke City v Sheffield United fixture

Sheff. Utd. face a trip to Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 49 games played, Blades have recorded 15 wins, and Stoke City have come away with 22 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in November 2003, where the two teams cancelled each other out in an enthralling 2 - 2 draw in a League Division One match.

For a detailed analysis of the head-to-head between the two sides, click here

Recent encounters between the teams:
2004/2005Tue 10 AugSheff. Utd.0 - 0Stoke CityCHMP
2003/2004Sat 17 AprSheff. Utd.0 - 1Stoke CityCHMP
2003/2004Sat 01 NovStoke City2 - 2Sheff. Utd.CHMP
2002/2003Sat 15 MarStoke City0 - 0Sheff. Utd.CHMP
2002/2003Wed 23 OctSheff. Utd.2 - 1Stoke CityCHMP
1997/1998Fri 26 DecStoke City2 - 2Sheff. Utd.CHMP
1997/1998Tue 02 DecSheff. Utd.3 - 2Stoke CityCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Stoke City have only performed averagely at home, winning 3 and losing 2 of their last six. The goals for column just outweighs the goals against over this period, 6 to 4.

Sheff. Utd. have an average recent record on the road, seeing them win just 1 and draw 2 of the last six. While the Blades have hit 4 goals, 7 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Stoke City's 51 points from 35 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 11th position. Sheff. Utd. lie just outside the playoff positions in the Coca-Cola Championship, picking up 54 from their 35 games so far.

For a detailed analysis of team form guides throughout the leagues, click here

Current form guides:PWDLFAP
Stoke City64117313
Sheff. Utd.6222658

FootyMad's prediction ...

FootyMad see this game edging towards a narrow win for the Potters, as the Blades have been none too clever on the road in recent matches. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Stoke City 5 games since last home draw.
Unbeaten run of 5 matches.
Sheff. Utd. Lost each of the previous 2 away matches.
Not won in previous 5 away matches.