Stoke City-Southampton Preview

The Associated Press

Relegation-threatened Stoke City will be out to end a frustrating away spell without goals when they travel to St. Mary's on Saturday to face a Southampton side unbeaten in four.

The Potters have two draws during a 10-match winless run in away Premier League fixtures. They have found the back of the net once in the last six matches in that span, and have gone 421 minutes without scoring away from the Britannia Stadium in all competitions.

Manager Mark Hughes has indicated that forwards Jonathan Walters and Marko Arnautovic may be available. Both limped off in last Saturday's historic 2-1 home win over champions Manchester United that ended Stoke's six-match winless run in the league.

"Thankfully, neither of them are as bad as they could have been, although at this moment in time Marko is the bigger doubt of the two," Hughes told Stoke City's official website.

"Jon is the more likely to make a full recovery in time for the game, but we still have 48 hours before the match so we will take a good look at Marko in that time."

Charlie Adam's brace secured all three points over Manchester United last time out for the Potters, who sit in 11th place on 25 points - just three above the drop.

Southampton are in a more comfortable ninth with 35 points - two behind Newcastle United and incredibly five behind Manchester United. The Saints insist there is plenty left to accomplish.

"We've got Newcastle in our sights now," captain Adam Lallana told Southampton's official website. "People think we're in our own little mini-league, but that's never been the case for us. We want to fight to win every game and finish as high in the league as possible."

The Saints are unbeaten in their last four after last Saturday's 3-0 victory at Fulham. Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez all had second-half strikes.

Only three of Rodriguez's 10 goals have come at St. Mary's, where he has gone five Premier League matches without one.

These teams drew 1-1 at the Britannia on Nov. 2. That contest featured Asmir Begovic's memorable goal 13 seconds into the contest on a wind-blown kick across the length of the pitch that managed to elude Artur Boruc. Rodriguez bagged the equaliser in the 42nd minute.

The conditions were difficult in that fixture and a similar environment is expected this weekend with heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast.

"We've been looking at the forecast and it seems it will be very tough this weekend, just as it as been over the past few days," Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino said. "When we played them at their place, we learned how to learn to play against a terrible wind and in very tough weather conditions."

The Saints have excused Sam Gallagher following the death of the forward's father.

Begovic can expect jeers due to his time with Portsmouth, the Saints' bitter rivals. Stoke last won at St. Mary's since 1980.

The Potters' last trip to Southampton also finished 1-1 on May 19. Peter Crouch scored in his first game at St. Mary's since he played for the Saints in 2004-05.

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