Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a hard-fought win at Watford, Stoke City welcome Burnley at their Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Potters did not kick off the new season in style, but the team’s recent performances are more than promising and thanks to the victory over Watford the team climbed to the top half of the standings. Stoke City are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Burnley and we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s football match. The Clarets suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of WBA and Manchester City in previous two league matches and seeing that their away displays leave a lot to be desired, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. Burnley defeated Stoke City in their last meeting at Britannia Stadium, meaning that Mark Hughes’ troops are hungry for revenge and we are positive that they will get one.
Highlighted Player (Xherdan Shaqiri):
Another impressive player who emigrated to Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri is a midfielder with excellent technical qualities, very strong in taking players on and creating chances for his teammates, while also being a danger from set pieces. The Serbian-born footballer formed an excellent midfielder pairing with Granit Xhaka at FC Basel, before making a high-profile move to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2012. Shaqiri went on to prove a great deal of potential at Allianz Arena, scoring 11 goals in 52 Bundesliga matches, but he decided to leave in search of first team football, first joining Inter Milan and then moving to Stoke City. It was at Britannia Stadium that the attacking midfielder rediscovered his form and if he continues playing at such a high level, it won’t be long before he returns to the biggest stage. Even when he was not playing regularly at club level, Shaqiri would always reserve his best performances for the national team, as witnessed by 17 goals in first 50 caps. The midfielder was especially impressive at the 2014 World Cup finals, where he scored no fewer than three goals.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since. Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season. Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.