Southampton's ambition in regaining their European spot place will be facing a tricky test this weekend when they host Stoke City at The Friends Provident St. Mary's stadium. Regaining their form again in recent matches, The Saints won't be settling in snatching any other results aside from maximum three points, especially as they're playing in front of their home crowd.
Meanwhile, Stoke are also having a positive vibe after their previous weekend success in defeating Premier League giant, Manchester United. That success certainly brought that confidence among Stoke players as they will be putting on another strong performance and keen on pushing for maximum result this Saturday, February 8, despite having to play away from home.
Both teams unfortunately failed to take all three points from that weekend tie as they only earned one point after drawing 2-2 in that exciting encounter. The home side got into a bright start when Rickie Lambert puts them in front after only six minutes in the clock, but that lead was canceled out on 38 minutes with Peter Odemwingie grabbing an equalizing goal on 38 minutes. Saints regained their composure and their advantage when Steven Davies grabbing his side's second four minutes before half time break. However, that lead didn't last until the break as Stoke once again netted an equalizing goal, this time from Peter Crouch on 44 minutes.