Premier League
4 November 2017
Game week
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33' Iborra (G) (assist by: H. Maguire)
X. Shaqiri (G) 39' (assist by: E. Choupo-Moting)
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60' R. Mahrez (G) (assist by: W. Ndidi)
P. Crouch (G) 73' (assist by: X. Shaqiri)
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Minute   Description
Stoke headed into today's game searching for a second consecutive win but couldn't quite find that all-important third goal after doing well to fight back on two occasions. They were arguably the better of the two teams during the second half and were presented with several good opportunities to score, but resolute Leicester defending denied them the opportunity to leave with all three points.
90'+4 Huge chance for Zouma to win the game! One final Stoke attack sees Choupo-Moting break down the left wing before earning the home side a last-minute corner. It's whipped in by Shaqiri and finds Zouma, who does really well to latch onto the cross and forces Schmeichel into making an excellent diving save.
90'+3 A late challenge from Iheanacho results in a free-kick for Stoke midway inside the Leicester half of the pitch. Shaqiri tries to pick out Crouch with his looping cross, but Morgan is there to beat the striker to the ball without any problems.
90'+1 Mahrez darts through a group of Stoke midfielders before poking a pass into the path of Vardy. The striker rushes towards the ball and tries to latch onto it near to the byline, but he can't quite keep it from bouncing behind for a goal-kick.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
88' Iheanacho scores, but it's ruled out! Vardy charges down the left wing on a characteristically good run before setting up Mahrez in the middle of the penalty area. The Algerian's quick shot is deflected into the path of Iheanacho, who easily beats Butland from close range but has his strike correctly ruled out for offside.
86' Stoke have made a late, attacking alteration, with Diouf making way for Saido Berahino.
85' A lofted pass forward finds Crouch, who beats Maguire in the air and nods the ball down towards Diouf. The Senegalese forward takes on Morgan on the edge of the penalty area, but he can't quite muscle his way past the centre-back and ends up fouling the defender instead.
84' Leicester are presented with a couple of good opportunities to swing crosses into the Stoke penalty area after managing to find some space out wide, but none of the balls into the box are good enough to pick out blue shirts, allowing the home side to easily hold on.
82' Fletcher is bundled over by Iheanacho over on the right flank, and Stoke are presented with a free-kick in a dangerous position. Shaqiri's cross is a good one and picks out Choupo-Moting, but the striker can't make decent contact with the ball and sends his effort safely wide of the far post.
80' Leicester have made their third and final change, with Marc Albrighton coming on to replace Gray out wide.
79' After a difficult 15 minutes or so, Leicester are finally managing to string together a decent series of passes inside the Stoke half of the pitch. They don't seem to be in too much of a hurry to push forward, however, as they mainly look keen to keep the ball as far away from their opponents as possible as we near the final 10 minutes of the game.
77' Almost a wonderful goal from Vardy! Schmeichel comfortably collects a swinging Diouf cross and immediately kick-starts a quick counter-attack. Iheanacho cuts inside from the right wing and picks out Vardy, who beautifully gets the better of Shawcross on the edge of the box only to fire his strike just wide of the near post.
75' Stoke continue to go on the front foot as they try to find a third goal. An attempted attacking move breaks down and allows Vardy to try and latch onto a hopeful pass forward, but his run down the left channel is mistimed and results in him being flagged offside.
73' That really was a great cross from Shaqiri, who put the ball on a plate for Crouch. The Leicester defence tried to get as many bodies around the big striker as possible, but no one could stop him from scoring.
GOAL! Crouch to the rescue for Stoke! A curling corner from Shaqiri perfectly picks out Crouch, who easily gets the better of his marker before beating Schmeichel with a bullet header. The super sub strikes again!
72' The corner is initially dealt with by the Stoke defence before the ball falls to King. The midfielder tries to get the better of Butland from 25 yards out with a thumping first-time strike, but it's poorly hit and sails well wide of its intended target.
71' Space opens up for Vardy, allowing the striker to dart down the left flank and into the Stoke box. He then tries to square a pass over to Iheanacho, but Shawcross sticks out a foot and pokes the ball behind for a corner.
70' Crouch immediately makes a nuisance of himself inside the Leicester penalty area as he manages to latch onto a curling cross from Pieters, but he can't quite find a team-mate with his downward header, which is well cleared by King.
69' Stoke need to try something a little different if they're to find a way back into the game, so they've decided to replace Sobhi with Peter Crouch.
67' An excellent cross from Pieters flies into the heart of the Leicester box and looks set to pick out Diouf after Maguire isn't able to make contact with the ball. The Senegalese wing-back can't either though, and the ball bounces behind for a goal-kick.
66' Iborra won't play any further part in the game, and he's forced off to be replaced by Andy King.
64' The game gets back underway once again and Leicester quickly go on the front foot. Mahrez gets himself into a good position deep inside the Stoke half of the pitch and tries to tee up Gray, but his pass into the penalty area is overhit and rolls straight to Butland.
62' There's a brief break in play as Iborra receives medical attention on the pitch. He seemed to go down awkwardly after being caught by Pieters, resulting in a free-kick for the visitors that won't be taken quite yet.
60' That was great play by Ndidi, who showed great strength and determination to win back possession for Leicester before sending an excellent pass over to Mahrez. He's performed brilliantly in the middle of the pitch this afternoon.
GOAL! Leicester are back in the lead! Ndidi does incredibly well to win back possession on the halfway line before setting up Mahrez out wide. The Algerian easily gets the better of Pieters as he cuts in from the wing and into the penalty area, where he fires a low strike through a group of defenders and past Butland at the far post.
59' What a save by Schmeichel! A Stoke corner is wonderfully hit and picks out Shawcross in front of goal. The defender rises high and sends a downward header towards the bottom left-hand corner of the net, where Schmeichel does really well to push the ball away from danger.
58' Leicester have made their first substitution of the afternoon. Okazaki, who hasn't been moving particularly well since the end of the first half, has made way for Kelechi Iheanacho in the hole behind Vardy.
57' Great chance for Allen! Choupo-Moting cuts into the left-hand side of the box and pokes a clever pass back to Allen, who is in a dangerous position in front of goal. The Welshman quickly shoots, but an outstretched leg stops it from troubling Schmeichel.
55' Another good attacking move from Stoke over on the left wing looks as if it's going to result on a first decent chance on goal since the break, but both Sobhi and Pieters are unable to find a way through the sea of blue shirts camped in front of them and the latter concedes a throw-in near the corner flag.
53' Thumping strike by Mahrez! It really is end to end stuff at the moment as the two sides desperately try to find a second goal. This time it's Mahrez who gets himself into a good position in front of goal before shooting, but his effort flies just a yard or two wide of the far post after beating Butland.
52' Another attempted Leicester attack fails to come to anything, allowing Sobhi to charge down the left wing and into the penalty area. He then takes on Simpson, who is just about able to dispossess the Egyptian before stopping the ball from rolling behind for a corner.
50' A decent long-range effort from Mahrez is tipped over by Butland and behind for a corner. The set-piece is whipped towards the far post and well met by Shawcross, but Wes Morgan picks up the ball over on the right flank and wins another corner for Leicester. The second isn't executed as well as the first, however, and the home side easily deal with the danger.
49' Vardy charges into the left-hand side of the Stoke box after doing well to out-muscle his marker. He then fizzes a dangerous pass across the face of goal, where Okazaki tries to get a head on the ball but can't quite throw his body onto it.
47' Stoke immediately go on the front foot from the restart after winning the ball back on the halfway line. Choupo-Moting does well to set up Allen on the edge of the Leicester penalty area and the midfielder quickly gets a cross-cum-shot away, but the ball is well met by Schmeichel before it can find Sobhi at the far post.
46' We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been an evenly fought, if not entirely thrilling, game so far, with both sides enjoying a few decent chances in front of goal. Stoke arguably could have scored twice after Choupo-Moting was presented with a good opportunity to put them ahead early on, while Leicester started to cause real problems late on. The home side have looked good on the break and, arguably, it's they who look the most likely to score a second goal.
45'+3 Leicester patiently pass the ball around on the halfway line as they try to find a way through the Stoke back line one last time before half-time, but Vardy is put under good pressure by Shawcross once they're able to penetrate the final third of the pitch and the home side easily hold on.
45'+1 Pieters clumsily loses the ball out wide, allowing it to be picked up by Simpson in a dangerous position. The full-back quickly whips a decent cross into the penalty area, but it's well dealt with by the Stoke defence and fails to result in a chance on goal.
45' The fourth official has indicated that there will be four minutes of added time.
44' The corner isn't fully dealt with by Leicester and bounces to Choupo-Moting, who tries to test Schmeichel with another long-range strike but sends his thumping effort high and wide of the goal.
43' Another chance for Shaqiri! Leicester lose the ball from the corner and Stoke are able to counter-attack quickly once again. Diouf cuts inside from the right wing and sets up Shaqiri to shoot, and the Switzerland international's thumping low effort is tipped behind for a corner by a smart save from Schmeichel.
42' The resulting corner is curled towards the near post and almost picks out a blue shirt, but Zouma rises high and does well to head the ball out for a throw-in over on the right flank.
41' Almost an own-goal by Diouf! A dangerous, swinging cross from Okazaki over on the right wing sails over to the far post and is met by Diouf, who sticks out a foot and fires his attempted clearance just wide of the near post.
39' That was really good play by Choupo-Moting to pick out Shaqiri, but what was Fuchs doing? The defender was caught horribly out of position and allowed Shaqiri to glide by him far too easily.
GOAL! Shaqiri equalises for Stoke! A long-range pass from Zouma picks out Choupo-Moting, who immediately unleashes Shaqiri with a clever flick through the Leicester back line. The Swiss forward is all alone in front of goal, allowing him to easily beat Schmeichel with a well-placed low shot.
38' Iborra goes close yet again! Once again, it's a dangerous ball into the box from Gray that causes all sorts of problems for the Stoke back line. This time the youngster's cross perfectly picks out Iborra, who sends a bullet header towards goal but can't keep it from flying a few yards over the crossbar.
37' Fantastic save by Butland! Gray flies down the left flank on another wonderful run before sending a great cross into the middle of the penalty area. Okazaki meets it well and blasts a thumping strike towards goal, but his effort is pushed over the crossbar by a brilliant stop from Butland.
36' Almost a second goal for Iborra! Leicester almost manage to carve out a carbon copy of their first goal thanks to more good play by Maguire, but Iborra's first-time shot is blocked by a group of defenders before it can test Butland.
35' Almost a costly mistake by Zouma! A terrible mistake from the defender allows the ball to roll under his foot and into the path of Mahrez. The Algerian darts into the left-hand side of the box and looks set to tee up Vardy, but he holds onto the ball for far too long and loses out to Zouma before he can unleash a cross.
33' Maguire did well to out-muscle his marker before picking out Iborra, but Stoke will be frustrated with their defending there. The Spaniard was left in a pocket of space and could pick up the ball far too easily.
GOAL! Iborra has fired Leicester into the lead! The visitors win themselves another corner, and this time it comes from a looping Fuchs cross that isn't fully dealt with by Wimmer in the heart of the penalty area. The first set-piece quickly results in a second, and that one is well met by Maguire, who sets up Iborra to fire in from close range.
31' Leicester immediately push forward after successfully dealing with another Stoke attacking move, and Mahrez does well to win a corner after his low cross into the box is easily dealt with by Shawcross. The set-piece is a poorly executed one, however, and it fails to cause too many problems for the home side.
30' Choupo-Moting breaks forward once again as Stoke put more pressure on the visitors' back line. He then sets up Pieters to his left, but the wing-back's cross into the penalty area is sent too near to Schmeichel and makes life easy for the Dane.
28' What an opportunity for Choupo-Moting! Sobhi does really well to win back possession for Stoke over on left wing, allowing Stoke to counter-attack quickly. Choupo-Moting charges into the box and takes on Maguire before shooting, but his low effort is tame and fails to cause too many problems for Schmeichel.
27' Simpson gets forward for the first time this afternoon and quickly looks to unleash Vardy just outside of the hosts' penalty area, but his deft pass towards the striker can't quite pick him out and is well dealt with by Wimmer, who sticks out a foot and pokes the ball out for a throw-in.
25' The game gets underway once again after the referee switch has been completed. Stoke immediately push forward over on the right flank, but Diouf loses out to Fuchs on the edge of the penalty area and the home side have to start from the back once again.
23' Referee down! Bobby Madley seems to have picked up a calf injury, meaning fourth official Jon Moss will have to come on to replace him. The two managers are using the break to give plenty of instructions to their players.
21' Okazaki goes close! Gray causes more problems over on the left wing before poking a delightful cross over to the far post. Okazaki charges towards the ball and sticks out a foot, but, under pressure from both Wimmer and Jack Butland, he can't quite make contact.
19' No, they can't. Riyad Mahrez steps up and shoots, but his curling strike is poorly hit and fails to beat the wall of red and white shirts camped in front of him. Stoke then try to hit their opponents on a counter-attack, but a poor touch from Sobhi brings a promising attacking move to a disappointing end.
18' Another attempted Stoke attacking move fails to come to anything, allowing Christian Fuchs to quickly set up Gray over on the left flank. The youngster charges down the wing and cuts inside before looking to shoot, but he's clattered into by Diouf and wins his side a free-kick just outside of the penalty area instead. Can Leicester make it count?
16' Choupo-Moting patiently makes his way into the right-hand side of the visitors' box and tries to pick out a team-mate in front of goal, but he's forced to spin and work the ball back to Fletcher. A curling cross is then quickly whipped into the penalty area, where Ndidi comfortably gets a head on the ball to send it looping into the hands of Kasper Schmeichel.
14' Shaqiri goes close! A flat, cross-field pass from Iborra fails to find a team-mate and is easily picked up by Fletcher. The midfielder quickly sets up Shaqiri to shoot from the edge of the Leicester penalty area, and the Switzerland international's effort ends up rolling just wide of the near post.
13' Space opens up in the middle of the pitch and allows Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting the opportunity to burst forward. He initially links up well with Sobhi before Pieters is brought into play, but the Dutchman is poor on the ball and loses possession in an advantageous position.
11' Almost a great chance for Vardy! Demarai Gray takes on Kurt Zouma over on the left-hand side of the Stoke box and does well to poke a pass through the legs of the defender. The ball flies towards the near post and looks set to pick out Vardy, who stretches for it but is beaten at the vital moment by an outstretched leg from Kevin Wimmer.
9' Ramadan Sobhi picks up possession over on the left wing and quickly cuts inside before tee up Darren Fletcher. The midfielder is urged by the crowd to shoot but instead works the ball over to Mame Biram Diouf, who fires a low cross into the penalty area that's underhit and makes life easy for Harry Maguire.
7' Erik Pieters charges down the left flank before being clattered into by Wilfred Ndidi, resulting in a free-kick for Stoke in a promising position. Shaqiri's cross into the penalty area is a poor one and fails to find a team-mate in front of goal, allowing Leicester to easily deal with the danger before winning a free-kick of their out wide.
5' Joe Allen is dispossessed by Danny Simpson, allowing the full-back to thump a lofted pass down the right wing and into the path of Jamie Vardy. The striker storms into the box and then tries to tee up Shinji Okazaki, but Ryan Shawcross sticks with him well and deflects the ball behind for a corner that's comfortably cleared.
3' Leicester immediately go on the front foot as Stoke decide to sit back, but the home side are easily able to deal with a half-hearted attacking move and then hit their opponents on a quick counter-attack. Xherdan Shaqiri initially does well to dart through the middle of the pitch, but he's eventually closed down just outside of the Leicester penalty area and loses out to Vicente Iborra.
1' We're off! Stoke get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Mark Hughes has decided to name an unchanged Stoke side to the one that started the win against Watford last weekend, while Leicester boss Claude Puel has made just one alteration to the team that featured in their last outing, with Shinji Okazaki coming into the starting line-up to replace the injured Ben Chilwell.
Leicester City substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, King, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Slimani.
Leicester City XI (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray; Okazaki; Vardy.
Stoke City substitutes: Grant, Martins Indi, Afellay, Adam, Berahino, Jese, Crouch.
Stoke City XI (3-4-3): Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer; Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Shaqiri, Choupo-Moting, Sobhi.
There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
It’ll be interesting to see which side goes on the front foot in the early stages, as the two teams boast the third and second lowest average possession figures in the Premier League this season. Both like to sit back and soak up the pressure before hitting their opponents on the counter-attack, so today’s game could end up being a slightly cagey and evenly fought affair.
Plenty of criticism was directed at the Leicester board for the slightly hasty dismissal of former boss Craig Shakespeare, but it seems to have had the desired effect. Life under Claude Puel started in fine fashion with a well-earned 2-0 victory at home to Everton, and a third consecutive Premier League win here today would temporarily move them up to eighth place, just one point behind Liverpool.
It could end up being a tough afternoon for the Potters though, as they’ve never beaten Leicester in the Premier League at the Bet365 Stadium, with their last home league victory against the Foxes coming way back in March 2007. They’ve also struggled to find much joy in front of goal, where, with 10 games of the season completed, wing-back Mame Biram Diouf is currently their top scorer with just three goals.
It’s been a mixed start to the season for Stoke, who were defeated in just one of their opening four games before going on to lose three of their next four. They did well to beat an in-form Watford side last time out, however, and they head into this afternoon’s clash with the opportunity to secure back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since the middle of January.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Stoke City and Leicester City at the Bet365 Stadium.


J. Butland
K. Schmeichel
D. Simpson
E. Pieters
J. Allen
K. Wimmer
W. Morgan
K. Zouma
D. Gray
J. Vardy
E. Choupo-Moting
H. Maguire
R. Shawcross
M. Diouf
S. Okazaki
X. Shaqiri
D. Fletcher
W. Ndidi
R. Mahrez
C. Fuchs
Ramadan Sobhi

Additional info

R. Madley
L. Betts
Fourth official
J. Moss


Match Stats

Stoke City Leicester City
37 Attacks (Dangerous) 31
4 Corners 10
12 Fouls 8
13 Free Kicks 12
8 Goal Kicks 5
0 Offsides 5
1 Shots (blocked) 1
2 Shots (off target) 4
6 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
28 Throw Ins 24

Regular Season

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Bet365 Stadium

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