Facts and stats ahead of the Saints’ midweek visit
EXPERIENCED // Mark Hughes will manage his 400th game in the
Premier League following his spells with Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR and Stoke City. He’ll become the sixth manager to reach the landmark, with only Arsene Wenger and David Moyes of those currently in top flight jobs.
EQUAL // A point and a place separate the Potters and their opposition Southampton who are just above with exactly five wins, five draws and five losses from their opening 15 games.
LEAN // Only Middlesbrough (13) have scored less than Southampton (14) so far this season. Six of those goals were notched by Charlie Austin, who is now ruled out through injury for the next few months.
DOMESTIC // Stoke have won just one of the four Premier League matches played at home against the Saints (D2 L1).
UNLUCKY // The Potters have also failed to stop them scoring in their last 13 league visits stretching back to a midweek 1-0 victory in August 1977.
STRUGGLE // Claude Puel’s side have collected only five points away from home this season and are without a win in their last four away matches. Their solitary triumph was a 3-0 success at West Ham United.
FORCE // Only Petr Cech has a lower ratio for the amount of goals conceded per game in the Premier League than Southampton’s Fraser Forster. Of the goalkeepers with 50 appearances or more in the division, Forster is joint-second along with Jens Lehmann on 0.84 per game whilst Cech leads the way with 0.75.
ENHANCE // Joe Allen will be looking to build upon his 300 club career appearance tally after reaching the landmark at Arsenal last time out.
TALL ORDER // Peter Crouch is set for the 650th appearance of his club career so far. 182 have been made for Stoke.
ON THE MARK? // Marko Arnautovic is one goal off scoring 50 in his club career to date. 21 of those have come whilst with the Potters.