Butland Makes Horrendous Error As Stoke Drop Crucial Points At Leicester

Posted February 26, 2018

Leicester began in style as they have in most of their games under Claude Puel; however, much to the Frenchman's disappointment, the Foxes soon faded away and settled into a unusual practice of throwing more and more crosses in, something that Stoke City found easy to cope with.

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Xherdan Shaqiri is the one bright spark in Stoke City's squad, and he is the key player to try and keep the Potters in the Premier League.

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"Up until their goal, we dealt with everything comfortably and they were frustrated", Stoke midfielder Joe Allen said. Having said that, wins are still needed since they are not safe yet. Paul Lambert arrived on January 16 to save the team, after Mark Hughes was sacked after 200 games at the helm.

Earlier this season, both sides played a 2-2 draw at Bet365 Stadium. Resulting 1.25 points per game is not exactly an improvement.

Mahrez, however, is set to make his first league start for more than a month here.

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After substitute Charlie Adam's terrible header sent Mahrez through, Butland made another vital save to protect Stoke's point after Kurt Zouma's block deflected the winger's effort, with James heading against the post in a frantic finale. Stoke is also the worst team in the league on the road, with only one win and six points in 13 away games.

What adds to the injury - the only options going forward for Stoke is Saido Berahino He approaches an unwanted stat, taking him to nearly two years without scoring a Premier League goal.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has revealed that Riyad Mahrez's bold effort won the players over after the winger embarked on a self-exile.

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With the draw Leicester momentarily move up to seventh place on 36 points, while Stoke remain in 19th place on 26 points and are without an away win since October. They're slightly undervalued by odds so there's nice value for much better team still in the hunt for European qualification.