Preview: Stoke City v Burnley

Stoke City will look extend their good run of form when they host Burnley in the Premier League encounter at bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

The home side occupy 11th position and have lost just one of their last eight league games, picking up victories against Hull City, Swansea City, West Ham United and Watford.

Only Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have garnered more points than The Potters in the last eight league games as Mark Hughes' side look to build on their most victory at Vicarage Road.

Stoke have been boosted by the return of influential midfielder Joe Allen who is back from suspension, whilst Glenn Whelan is likely to return from a calf-injury. Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Phil Bardsley will not feature as they suffer from calf and knee injuries respectively.

Hughes said that he could relate to the Clarets' inferior away form, having initially suffered the same fate when he arrived at Stoke.

"[Burnley] seem to have more of a problem away from home, which is understandable. It is difficult to pick up away points, and we have experienced that," he told reporters.

"It was initially a struggle for us when I first came here but we are more adept at going on the road and picking up good results now.

"It can be difficult when you fall behind away from home, and maybe that has been the issue for them," he concluded.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche's side occupy 13th position in the league and are two points behind Stoke, but boast a dismal record away from home in the Premier League having not registered a victory on the road in five attempts this season.

They have managed to find the back of the net just five times in their last 14 away matches and have never scored more than once in a tie during this run.

The Clarets mentor acknowledged that his side will need to improve their form away from home, but maintained that they will have to be wary of an in-form Stoke side. 

"The away form has not been as good and we have to make sure we change that," he told the club's official website.

"As we’ve seen so far, at home we’ve dealt with the challenge pretty well. 

"Away we haven’t done. Therefore, we have got to be clear minded about what we can do.

"Generally, they are on a good run of form, so it’s another challenge for us."

The visitors are likely to again be without the services of goalkeeper, Tom Heaton who is still recovering from a calf-injury, whilst Dean Marney is expected to return from a back problem and Johann Berg Gudmundsson is doubtful for the clash.

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