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PREVIEW: Stoke City vs. Southampton 2017: Start time, team news, stats, TV schedule, match thread, and how to watch Premier League online

All the information you need to know as Southampton visit Stoke City in game seven of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Key Information:

Date/time: 30/09/2017, 15:00 (UK), 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT (USA)

Venue: Bet 365 Stadium, Stoke, UK

Official: TBC

TV: None (UK), NBC Sports Gold (USA) and check out LiveSoccerTV for alternatives.

Streaming: None (UK), NBCSN (USA)

Radio: BBC Radio Solent (UK)

Southampton put up a spirited performance against Premier League giants Manchester United last Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to succumb to a 1-0 defeat at home. Saints are presently 11th with eight points.

Stoke, meanwhile, fell to a 4-0 home loss to league champions Chelsea last week, and find themselves down the table in 16th with five points in six games.

Saints have no fresh injury worries, though Matt Targett is not expected to feature after returning to training in the week.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino could welcome wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk back into the first team as a starter today after warming the bench over the last two weeks.

Stoke, meanwhile, have some major defensive issues ahead of the game this afternoon. Club captain Ryan Shawcross and Bruno Martins Indi are both out injured, while Kevin Wimmer and Geoff Cameron are both injury doubts.

Stats Zone (via BBC Sport):

Stoke have won three of their last five matches against Southampton, losing just one.

Peter Crouch, once of Southampton, scored the only goal as Stoke won 1-0 when the sides last met in May.

Ten of Southampton's 11 Premier League goals against Stoke have been scored in the first half.

Stoke's tally of five points after six matches is their third worst start since they returned to the top flight a decade ago.

Mark Hughes' side have only won three of their last 16 Premier League games, losing nine.

They are winless in five league and cup games, losing their last three.

The Potters have scored only one first-half league goal so far, Choupo-Moting's first strike in the 2-2 home draw against Manchester United.

Southampton have lost 11 league games in 2017 - as many as they lost in 2016, with 15 matches still to play.

The Saints have failed to score in 10 of their last 14 league games and found the net just twice in seven matches in all competitions in 2017-18.

Southampton could start the season with three successive away clean sheets.

Manolo Gabbiadini scored four goals in his first three Premier League games but has managed just one more in his subsequent 14 outings.

Virgil van Dijk has not started a Premier League fixture since Southampton's 3-0 home win against Leicester on 22 January 2017.

Betting Odds:

Bet 365: Stoke: 2/1 - Draw: 12/5 - Southampton: 6/4

Bet Victor: Stoke: 21/10 - Draw: 23/10 - Southampton: 6/4

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