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Friday, 27 April 2012

Stoke City v Arsenal: Can Stoke hit Arsenal's Champions League hopes?


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Arsenal and Chelsea almost bored the whole nation to tears last Saturday lunchtime as they played out a goalless draw at the Emirates but Stoke will be hoping the only tears will be in the eyes of the Arsenal fans as they look to put another spoke in Arsenal's Champions League hopes.

I don't know exactly what Arsenal have done to Stoke manager Tony Pulis but the Potters always raise their game when the Gunners are in town. They have beaten Arsenal every season they have been in the top flight and will be hoping to make it four-in-a-row when they clash this weekend.

In 2008/09 Stoke won 2-1, with Gael Clichy grabbing a late consolation. The following season, Stoke knocked the Arsenal out of the FA Cup 3-1, although the Gunners did gain revenge by beating them 3-1 in the league in the game where Aaron Ramsey had his leg shattered. Stoke kept up their impressive record last season by defeating Wenger's men again 3-1.

Arsenal return to the lion's den desperate for all three points as Newcastle United breathe heavily down their neck in the race for third place. The Mags are three points behind with a game in hand and Alan Pardew, who also seems to have a grudge against Arsene Wenger, would love to pip Arsenal to the post.

Stoke City's season is over bar the fighting. They have given their fans a European adventure and will be back again next season looking to terrorise more teams, but can they give their fans another famous win over the Arsenal? Our panel is not so sure.

Stoke v Arsenal; Kick Off 3pm April 28 2012

Prediction Panel                                              

Arsenal

Don McMahon

0

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

1

V

1

Blackburn

Terry Kennedy

1

V

1

Bolton

Dave Blackburn

1

V

2

Chelsea

Joe Tyler

1

V

1

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

3

Liverpool

Mark Williams

0

V

0

Man City

Callum Rothwell

0

V

1

Man Utd

Peter Lee

0

V

2

Newcastle

Michael Stout

1

V

3

Norwich City

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

Arjun Swaminathan    

0

V

2

Stoke City

Philip Eccleston

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

1

Tottenham

Mike Richards

1

V

1

Swansea

Jim White

2

V

0

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

1

V

1

Wigan

Alan Moore

1

V

2

Wolves

Chris Cox

TBA

V

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

1

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

0

V

2

Writer

Phil Bundy

0

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

2

Writer

Matt Turner

TBA    

V    

TBA

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Villa fan

Lynette Ranson

TBA

V

TBA

Blackpool fan

Phil Trow

1

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

3

Fulham fan

Russell Goldman

1

V

1

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

1

V

0

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

1

V

2

West Ham fan

Matthew Beeby

1

V

3

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

TBA

V

TBA

Panel Verdict

Arsenal should leave the Brit with a point at least.

Home: 4; Draw: 12; Away: 16. TBA 4

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