FT: Stoke 1 Fulham 0

FINAL WORD - Edd has been back in touch to say: "Hi Steve, thanks for the commentary. A good three points for Stoke." Cheers Edd, enjoy your evening!

FULL TIME. That's it, Stoke secure a hard fought victory. They fully deserve their win. Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+2)
Rodallega tries an effort from the edge of the box but Shawcross blocks.

Four minutes of added time are announced.

90
Jones has the ball in the net from a Kightly assist but he is rightly flagged offside after timing his run into the left side of the box just too early.

89
Duff crosses from the right byline, Berbatov flicks on at the near post but Begovic gathers.

88
Fulham win a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. They take and Baird crosses into the box but Huth clears.

86
Berbatov crosses from the right byline across the six yard box but Shotton clears at the far post.

85
The teams are cancelling each other out in the middle at present.

83
Shotton crosses from 20 yards on the right into the box but Riether heads away under pressure from Kightly.

82
Whitehead replaces Adam.

82
Dejagah crosses into the box from ten yards on the left but Petric can not get his header off at the far post and Stoke clear.

80
Rodallega is on for Sidwell.

80
Jones latches onto a long ball into the box but Schwarzer clears at the second attempt.

79
Duff takes the corner, Begovic gets a touch and Shotton clears the box.

78
Duff wins a corner on the right.

77
Jones is on for Crouch for Stoke.

77
Petric runs at goal before shooting from 25 yards out but it is straight at Begovic who saves.

76
Stoke hit Fulham on the break and Kightly cuts inside from the left before shooting at goal from 15 yards but it is well over.

75
Fulham press and Berbatov tries a shot from 12 yards on the right but Begovic saves well above his head.

73
Duff is on for Karagounis.

73
Stoke take the free-kick and eventually Adam pulls his shot wide from the edge of the area.

72
Etherington is replaced by Kightly.

72
Sidwell fouls Crouch for a free-kick 35 yards out on the right.

71
Adam fouls Karagounis for a free-kick 40 yards out on the right. They take but Dejagah is given offside to the right side of the box.

70
Fulham come again and first Riether and then Dejagah's crosses from the right byline are cleared.

70
Karagounis wins a free-kick 30 yards out on the right. Dejagah takes the free-kick but Stoke hold firm and clear.

69
Etherington takes the next corner and this time Shawcross heads wide at the near post.

68
Etherington takes the corner and Huth heads at goal from six yards and Schwarzer pushes the ball over for another corner on the right.

67
Walters wins a corner on the right.

66
Walters wins a free-kick off Dejagah 20 yards out on the left. Adam takes and Whelan's shot from the edge of the box is blocked.

65
Adam crosses from 15 yard son the left but Hughes heads away under pressure from Crouch.

64
Lull - the teams are cancelling each other out in the centre at present.

62
N'Zonzi tries to release Walters down the left flank with a long crossfield ball but it just runs out for a throw in.

61
Etherington takes the corner and Schwarzer comes for the ball and this time makes contact with a punch and wins a free-kick as he was fouled.

60
Whelan takes the corner and wins another on the right. Schwarzer was injured going for the ball but is okay to continue.

59
Stoke come again and win a throw in 28 yards out on the left. They take and Adam's deflected shot from distance goes out for a corner on the left.

58
Stoke win a throw in 30 yards out on the right. Shotton puts a long throw in into the box but Hughes heads away.

57
Riether takes the free-kick but Begovic catches the ball at his far post.

57
Dejagah tries to run on goal from the right flank but Cameron blocks him and is booked. It is a Fulham free-kick 25 yards out on the right.

55
Etherington crosses from the left edge of the box and Schwarzer manages to push the ball away at the far post.

54
Shawcross floats a long ball into the box and Schwarzer drops it before gathering at the second attempt.

53
Walters wins a throw in five yards out on the right. Shotton puts a long throw into the box but Riise heads clear at the near post.

52
Adam goes down under a challenge from Sidwell as the pair go for a header in the box and there are shouts for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

51
Dejagah crosses from 22 yards on the right and Sidwell tries to head the ball in the box but can not get a good touch on it and Stoke clear.

50
Petric wins a throw in 30 yards out on the left. Fulham take but Shawcross clears.

49
Karagounis tries a shot from 25 yards out in front of goal but it is miles over the top.

48
Stoke come again and Schwarzer has to punch a cross from the left out. Walters then tees up Whelan for a shot from the edge of the box but his effort goes over.

47
Shotton crosses from 25 yards on the right but Schwarzer is quickly off his line and catches in the box.

46
Stoke re-start the game. No changes at half time.

Sky Bet's Tim says: "Can Fulham mount a second-half comeback? They're 3/1 to salvage a draw and 10/1 to win with Dimitar Berbatov the 6/1 favourite to net next." Cheers for the info Tim!

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 1/3 for a Stoke win, 3/1 for the draw and 10/1 for a Fulham victory. My 1-1 prediction is still on and now pays 4/1! For a full market, click here.

HALF TIME. Stoke go in one goal up but Fulham are by no means out of this. Stay with us for the second period.

45 (+3)
Shotton takes the throw in and the ball comes back to him. He crosses into the box and Senderos partially clears before Adam shoots wide from the right edge of the box.

45 (+2)
Shotton wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right.

Three added minutes are announced.

45
Etherington wins a free-kick off Dejagah near the halfway line. Huth takes to Shotton on the right but Riise tackles and clears.

44
Riise tries to pass from the left side of the box but Shawcross blocks and Stoke clear.

Sky Bet's Tim says: ""Steve's prediction is in good shape at the moment, with a the 1-1 draw shortening to 9/2 while Fulham are 10/1 for a comeback win."

42
Berbatov wins a free-kick 40 yards out in the centre. They take and press the Stoke box before Sidwell is tackled by Whelan. Stoke break forward and Etherington runs into the left side of the box but Baird tackles and clears.

40
Berbatov and Huth have words after Huth's high tackle near the halfway line. Shawcross gets involved and the pair have to be separated. Play had continued and Senderos had been caught by Adam but he is okay to continue.

39
Begovic punts the goal kick forward and Crouch is injured trying to head on. He needs treatment on the pitch but is okay to continue.

38
Fulham break forward and try to feed the ball to Petric in the box but it just rolls out for a goal kick.

37
Whelan takes the corner and Shawcross heads at goal from six yards but his bullet header hits the cross bar and bounces away.

36
Crouch wins a corner on the right.

34
Play resumes. Sidwell is back on and he is trying to run off the injury.

Sidwell is down injured from over-stretching when he tried to pass and is getting treatment on the pitch.

31
Sidwell tries to release Petric into the centre of the box but Shotton clears.

30
Stoke come again and Shotton tries to cross into the box from 25 yards but it is mis-hit and sails out for a goal kick.

29
Cameron tries to release Etherington into the left corner but it is over hit and just runs out for a goal kick.

28
Etherington crosses from 22 yards out on the left but Hughes heads away.

26
GOAL - ADAM!!! Stoke press down the right flank and Shotton crosses from the right byline into the Crouch at the far post who outjumps Senderos and heads down for Adam in acres of space in the six yard box and he takes one touch before blasting home!

25
Fulham come again but Dejagah is tackled by N'Zonzi who clears.

23
Fulham press and Berbatov passes from the right towards Dejagah on the edge of the box but Shawcross clears.

22
Stoke press again and Crouch nods down for Etherington who shoots but Hughes blocks. Adam's cross then goes over.

21
Whelan takes the free-kick and the ball falls to Adam to the right side of the box. He tries to cross back into the far post but the ref blows for an infringement on Schwarzer by Crouch.

19
Etherington presses down the left flank and is felled by Senderos who is booked. It is a Stoke free-kick 25 yards out on the left.

18
Stoke take the free-kick and Shawcross tries to release Crouch into the box but it is over hit and Schwarzer easily gathers.

17
Sidwell catches Whelan for a free-kick on the halfway line on the left.

16
Etherington takes the corner on the left and Huth clears wide of Schwarzer's right post unmarked from six yards. Bad miss.

15
Etherington presses down the left flank and wins a corner on the left off Baird.

14
Whelan takes the corner, Shawcross flicks the ball on at the near post but Fulham manage to scramble the ball away.

13
Crouch wins a throw in 20 yards out on the left. They take and Whelan's shot from 25 yards on the left is deflected before Walters wins a corner on the right.

12
Fulham take the free-kick and Berbatov wins a free-kick off N'Zonzi just inside the Stoke half. They take and Riise crosses into the box from the left but Huth heads away.

11
Shotton presses down the right flank and wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right. Shotton launches the ball into the box but Berbatov clears before Petric is fouled by Shawcross for a Fulham free-kick midway in their half on the left.

10
Fulham take the free-kick but Shawcross clears. Stoke punt the ball forward towards Crouch and he gets tangled up with Hughes, with both falling to the ground on the edge of the box and Fulham clear.

9
Adam catches Sidwell for a Fulham free-kick just inside their half.

8
Shawcross punts a long ball forward, Crouch heads on but Schwarzer gathers the ball in his box.

Rob says: "i think that stoke could win this, even after their poor start to the season. they have returned to winning ways to they could snap up 3 points today."

6
Fulham take the latest throw in and Shawcross has to scramble the ball out of the box for another throw in in a similar position. Fulham take again but this time Stoke clear.

5
Fulham come again and win a throw in 15 yards out on the left. They take and Begovic misses Cameron's back pass and Stoke have to clear out for a throw in 15 yards out on the right.

4
Fulham win a throw in 25 yards out on the right. They take and Dejagah tries to release Riether into the right corner but it is over hit and runs out for a goal kick.

3
Fulham take the corner but Huth partially clears. Fulham come again and Karagounis tries an effort from 25 yards on the right but it flashes just wide of Begovic's right post.

2
Schwarzer punts the free-kick forward and Dejagah wins a corner on the right.

1
Crouch tries to release Walters into the Fulham box with a flick on but he is flagged offside.

1
Fulham get the game underway.

Sky Bet's Tim has been in touch to says: "Punters are torn over who will prevail at the Britannia today, with bets fairly evenly spread between Stoke (11/10), Fulham (12/5) and the draw (12/5). Peter Crouch is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring with Dimitar Berbatov popular at13/2." Cheers for the info Tim!

Phil in sunny Spain says: "Looking forward to todays game hoping to see stoke score some goals & push on up the league. Thats not disregarding Fulham who are a very good side & can beat anybody on the day. Hoping home advantage counts." Cheers Phil, enjoy the sun, it's miserable here in England at present - cold, flooding, fog!

FIRST VIEW - Edd Irwin, one of our regulars, says: "Stoke are being labeled as the draw specialists but I think that trend will fall away today. I'm going for a 2-0 win for Stoke with Crouch and Walters getting the goals." I've predicted a draw myself - we will see! Cheers Edd, enjoy the game!

Teams - Cottagers boss Martin Jol has made four alterations from last Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Sunderland, bringing in Mladen Petric, Ashkan Dejagah, Chris Baird and Philippe Senderos for injured duo Bryan Ruiz and Alex Kacaniklic, the benched Damien Duff and suspended skipper Brede Hangeland, whose armband is given to Dimitar Berbatov.

Teams - Stoke manager Tony Pulis has made one change to his team for this afternoon's clash. The sole adjustment to the Potters first XI from Monday's 1-1 draw at West Ham sees defender Andy Wilkinson, who had come off with a back problem during the game at Upton Park, replaced by Ryan Shotton, while midfielder Dean Whitehead is among the substitutes after completing a ban.

My prediction - I think it will be tight here, so a 1-1 draw with Crouch to score first which pays a handsome 30-1 with Sky Bet! What at your views / predictions for today? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 11/10 for a Stoke win, 12/5 for the draw and 12/5 for a Fulham victory. For a full market, click here.

Referee - Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

Teams - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise, Baird, Sidwell, Karagounis, Dejagah, Berbatov, Petric. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Duff, Diarra, Rodallega, Banya.

Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington, Adam, Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome.

Welcome to the Britannia where Stoke play host to Fulham. What do you think the outcome will be today? Send your views / predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v Aston Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
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Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
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Aston Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 Aston Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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