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Apr 22

Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll seal Swansea’s vital win over Stoke

Paul Clement, the Swansea City head coach, admitted luck was on his club’s side as goals from Fernando Llorente and Tom Carroll ensured they ended a six-game winless run. It has given the Liberty Stadium faithful hope that the Welsh team can pull off another great escape.

Their previous successful rescue mission came in 2003 when a 4-2 win over current relegation rivals Hull stopped the Swans from falling out of the Football League. History could repeat itself, but this time by ensuring they extend their six-year stay in England’s top tier.

Related: Ten-man Hull’s Sam Clucas seals win over Watford to boost survival bid

Related: Joshua King strike sets the tone as Bournemouth batter Middlesbrough

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Apr 18

Johnson signs new Stoke contract

Stoke City defender Glen Johnson signs a one-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2018.

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Apr 15

Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri stuns Hull City with touch of brilliance

Only Stoke could follow four straight defeats with three goals from the very top drawer, the last in particular a contender for goal of the season as any lingering relegation worries were eased.

Hull’s revival coupled with Stoke’s collapse had left the sides six points apart at the start of this game. Mark Hughes assured everyone there was no sense of panic, though there must have been a degree of concern when Hull came back from a goal down and began looking for a winner in the second half.

Related: Late Fabio Borini goal earns Sunderland draw with West Ham

Related: Christian Benteke goal seals comeback as Crystal Palace draw with Leicester

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Apr 14

Stoke City v Hull City: match preview

Jack Butland may make his long-awaited return for Stoke after over a year out with an ankle injury sustained on England duty. The goalkeeper is likely to be on the bench, particularly as Shay Given is a doubt with a minor back complaint. Hull, who have…

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Apr 14

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Xherdan Shaqiri’s superb strike seals a first league win in six games for Stoke City as Mark Hughes’ men prove too strong for Hull.

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Apr 07

Jürgen Klopp confident Liverpool can shrug off Sadio Mané blow at Stoke

• Manager upbeat despite lengthy injury list and draw with Bournemouth
• Liverpool will be ‘hard challengers’ at bet365 Stadium, Klopp says

The odds are in Jürgen Klopp’s favour for the 5.15 at Aintree having picked The Last Samuri in Liverpool’s sweepstake for the Grand National. They appear against him for the 3pm at Stoke given his team’s injury count, preparation time and track record against the lower half of the Premier League field. He is heavily backing an away win at the Bet365 Stadium, however.

Liverpool’s prospects of Champions League qualification have received little encouragement since their comfortable defeat of Everton in the Merseyside derby. Bournemouth’s 87th-minute equaliser at Anfield on Wednesday further underlined Liverpool’s defensive frailties and inconsistencies when facing teams in the bottom half of the table, against whom they have dropped 21 points this season.

Related: Sadio Mané ruled out for rest of Liverpool’s season with knee injury

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Apr 07

Stoke City v Liverpool: match preview

Results suggest Stoke are in danger of falling back into their bad old ways of earlier in the season, when it took them eight games to record their first Premier League win. They have lost their last three although Mark Hughes has been at pains to suggest this is their most difficult run of the campaign. Relegation is the faintest of concerns but one more victory should banish any such thoughts and set their sights towards the top half once more. At least Liverpool, vulnerable after drawing with Bournemouth and losing Sadio Mané for the rest of the season, are not as daunting a prospect as they might have been. Nick Ames

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Apr 04

George Boyd edges Burnley closer to survival with victory over Stoke

Fortress Turf Moor has come to Burnley’s protection once again. Uncertainty had begun to creep into Sean Dyche’s team and their Premier League status following a worrying run of form but another home triumph, their 10th of the season, against Stoke City edged them closer to survival.

George Boyd’s instinctive finish was sufficient to punish Mark Hughes’s side, who have badly lost their way since December, and again put into focus the contrast that is keeping Burnley afloat in the top flight. Of their 35 points, a Premier League record for the club, 32 have been collected at Turf Moor and only the top three of Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have won more matches at home. Dyche could have designs on Europe if Burnley could replicate this form on their travels.

Related: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late penalty rescues Manchester United against Everton

Related: Leicester’s Islam Slimani and Jamie Vardy deepen Sunderland gloom

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Apr 03

Burnley 1-0 Stoke City

George Boyd scored the only goal as Burnley beat Stoke at Turf Moor to end their seven-game winless run.

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Apr 03

Ten talking points from this weekend’s action

Pep Guardiola makes a strangely conservative call, Burnley’s tailspin continues, and the irresistible smell of schadenfreude wafts from the London Stadium

Pep Guardiola said his decision to replace Raheem Sterling with Yaya Touré at half-time was a tactical one, intended to give Manchester City an edge in possession. Statistically his decision was justified – his team played over 100 more passes in the second half than the first – but they were also more predictable and slower in their transitions. Sterling did not have his best half of football but with Leroy Sané and the England winger on the pitch City have two ultra-mobile options who can stretch opposition defences. Touré’s introduction, with City 2-1 up, slowed their play and gave Arsenal’s defence a bit of respite when they were there for the taking. Guardiola’s tactical tweaks are usually bold. Introducing a leisurely midfielder for an effervescent attacker was not from this school of thought – it was a conservative switch that played into Arsenal’s hands. Gregg Bakowski

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