Ferguson: I’m Hoping Rio Will Be Okay For Saturday

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping to call on Rio Ferdinand for the league leaders’ trip to Stoke on Saturday, with the Scot believing the veteran defender’s experience will be valuable at the Britannia Stadium. Ferdinand has only featured in two of United’s seven games this season because of injury problems, with the England defender missing last weekend’s victory over Chelsea with a calf strain. But against a…

September 22, 2011

Premier League Preview: Stoke v Chelsea

Stoke City face the challenge of hosting Chelsea on the opening day of the English Premier League season on Sunday. Last season’s runners up will travel to the Britannia Stadium for their first game under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, who took over at Stamford Bridge following Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal. Chelsea began last season with a 6-0 drubbing of West Brom on the opening day, but Stoke midfielder Dean Whitehead is…

August 11, 2011

Mancini Wants Carlos Tevez To Stay In Manchester City

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident Carlos Tevez – fresh from his brilliant brace on Tuesday – will stay at the club. Tevez sent Mancini a reminder of his talents after scoring the first and third goal in City’s 3-0 win over Stoke in the English Premier League. Both strikes were of the highest quality, sandwiching a Joleon Lescott header to put the Blues ahead of Arsenal into third…

May 18, 2011

City Can Match United: Mancini

Manchester United and Manchester City will meet in a potentially explosive FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month. The bitter rivals would ideally have avoided one other until the final in May but the draw on Sunday means they will collide at the last?four stage of the competition for the first time since 1926, with Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City battling it out in the other semi-final. City were made to…

March 14, 2011

Preview: Stoke v West Brom

Roy Hodgson will be seeking his first win as West Bromwich Albion manager in Monday’s English Premier League match against Stoke City. Hodgson was appointed as West Brom boss on February 11 and has taken charge of two matches to date – both ending in draws. The first saw West Brom surrender a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at home to West Ham United, before a late equaliser saw Hodgson’s…

February 26, 2011

Stoke v Liverpool preview

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is back in contention after serving a one-game suspension against Birmingham following his red card at Sunderland. He is likely to return to the back four and another change could see Tuncay, who was rested on Tuesday, return in place of Ricardo Fuller. The Jamaican has only recently returned from a shoulder injury and Tony Pulis has hinted he will not be fit enough for a…

November 12, 2010