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.
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|Recent encounters between the teams:|
|2004/2005||Tue 10 Aug||Sheff. Utd.||0 - 0||Stoke City||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Sat 17 Apr||Sheff. Utd.||0 - 1||Stoke City||CHMP|
|2003/2004||Sat 01 Nov||Stoke City||2 - 2||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Sat 15 Mar||Stoke City||0 - 0||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|2002/2003||Wed 23 Oct||Sheff. Utd.||2 - 1||Stoke City||CHMP|
|1997/1998||Fri 26 Dec||Stoke City||2 - 2||Sheff. Utd.||CHMP|
|1997/1998||Tue 02 Dec||Sheff. Utd.||3 - 2||Stoke City||CHMP|
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.
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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
|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.