Live: Stoke 1 Norwich 0

Full Time: All over here. Stoke beat Norwich thanks to a Charlie Adam goal early in the second half.

90+3
Walters booked.

90+2
Last chance for Norwich surely, but the ball is headed over from Bennett's long throw.

90
Johnson booked.

88
Norwich continuing to huff and puff but they have not created a chance worthy of the name in this second half.

86
Poor miss from Crouch yet again as he spoons a rebound over the bar. This time he is glad to see the offside flag.

84
Another cross from deep and another Begovic catch.

82
Holt and Huth involved in some pushing and shoving off the ball and the referee is forced to step in.

81
Ambitious effort from Adam, over the bar.

80
Another ball into the box from deep by Norwich and Holt challenges Begovic for it, but once again the goalkeeper holds on.

79
Jerome off to be replaced by Etherington.

77
Norwich attacking with Stoke playing on the break. The home side are deep but defending well enough.

76
Bennett on for Snodgrass.

75
Begovic claims another cross. He is looking assured and Norwich are struggling for ideas in the final third.

73
Now Bassong is down.

72
Huth leaves an arm out on Snodgrass there. It's been a game with plenty of nastiness.

71
N'Zonzi fires wide of the near post from a narrow angle.

70
Snodgrass with the free-kick but there is not enough pace on the ball and Begovic claims.

68
Hoolahan on for Tettey.

67
Snodgrass does well to beat his man on the right before looping in a cross but Begovic claims well.

66
Whitehead on for Whelan.

64
Chance! Adam does brilliantly to win the ball on the right and then get away to the byline before squaring to the unmarked Crouch but the tall striker completely misses the ball. Woeful miss.

63
Cameron on for Wilkinson.

61
Johnson lofts a ball into the box but it's a poor one and Begovic claims under little pressure.

59
Play restarts and Stoke have a free-kick that Adam whips in from the right but Jerome cannot quite latch onto it as Bunn claims.

56
Whelan down injured.

55
Shotton with a long throw and the ball is then fizzed across goal but there is nobody on the end of it.

53
Begovic leaps well to claim a cross from the right.

51
Norwich enjoying a good spell of possession without making it count.

49
Adam on the attack again but his shot is deflected wide. Not spotted by the officials and a goal-kick is given.

Long ball from the back and Crouch wins the header. Adam gambles on it and makes a good run. He then nods it away from the defender before sweeping the ball past Bunn to give Stoke the lead.

46
Goal! Charlie Adam!

46
Norwich kick-off and we are back underway.

Half Time. Game of few chances and it's goalless at the break.

45
Two minutes of added time.

43
On the field, I'm afraid there is little happening. More bookings than shots.

42
Applause rings out for Paul Ware.

41
Corner to Stoke.

39
Crouch with a nasty one now. Studs-up challenge on Tettey.

37
Holt is booked for going through the back of the defender near the byline as the ball was being shepherded out. Clumsy and unnecessary.

35
Quality cross from Shotton on the run down the right but Bennett does well to head away.

34
Walters gets to the knockdown on the left edge of the box and has players in support but instead shoots and gets it all wrong. Well over the bar.

32
Those bookings have caused the game to become even more disjointed. Neither side looking particularly fluid.

31
Bunn appeared to just have the ball in his grasp when Jerome clattered into him with a high boot. Yellow card.

30
Collision between Bunn and Jerome. Both players down.

30
Kamara showing some urgency down the right but he is forced to turn back as there are so few options in attack.

28
Snodgrass with the outswinger. It is cleared as far as Kamara but the Norwich man drills the ball over the bar.

27
Corner for Norwich now.

26
N'Zonzi booked for a late challenge. It's so late, he can have no complaints.

25
Huth heads over under pressure.

24
Another Stoke corner. Building up a little pressure now.

22
Chance! Adam swings the ball in from the right and Jerome pulls away well to hook an effort towards goal but the effort is blocked by the arm of N'Zonzi. He seemed to move his arm towards the ball curiously!

21
Crouch wins a corner.

20
Good defending from the front from Jerome to pen Norwich in their own half.

19
Aimless long ball by Shawcross and there are a few groans around the ground.

17
Kamara tries to get away down the right but overruns the ball and that's a goal-kick.

16
Stoke actually having plenty of the ball but Norwich have probably had the best two chances. Stop-start affair, still.

Richard: "Kind of wondering why we bought Becchio..The boss never plays him!!! And why start Pilkington and Hoolahan on the bench?? Arguably two of our better attacking options."

14
Stoke showing very little quality in the opposition half. Unusually, they've had plenty of opportunities from set-pieces but really wasted them.

12
The free-kick from Whelan is a poor one and easy for Bunn to claim.

11
Adam down after a fierce challenge from Whittaker.

9
Another speculative effort from Norwich. Johnson knocks the ball over the bar on the half-volley. He was leaning back and didn't really commit to the shot.

7
Header over from Snodgrass under pressure.

6
Whelan crosses from the right but the ball won't bounce for the home side and when Jerome gets it he spreads the play out wide but there's nobody there.

6
Adam buys a free-kick after Johnson leaps in.

5
Low-key start here. A series of throw-ins on the Norwich left have taken the sting out of things.

4
Adam whips the ball over the bar.

3
Decent central position for a shot.

3
Crouch wins a free-kick.

2
Another header from Shawcross but this time it is a defensive one back to Begovic - misplaced. That's a corner to Norwich. But Stoke clear.

1
Adam takes but it is an outswinger to the near post and Shawcross can only divert the ball over the bar.

1
Stoke kick-off and we are underway. Early corner for the home side.

The players are emerging from the tunnel and we'll be underway shortly.

Tributes being paid at the Britannia Stadium for former Stoke midfielder Paul Ware, who sadly died last week aged just 42.

Penalties are one variety of set-piece that the Potters have struggled with this season. In fact, Jonathan Walters is the only player to fail to score with more than one penalty this season (2). He's in the team as ever though. Walters has featured in each of Stoke's last 87 Premier League games, the longest current run by an outfielder.

What kind of game are we in for? Before you accuse me of buying into the stereotype, here are some Opta stats for you: No ground has seen more goals from corners than the Britannia Stadium this season (10) and Stoke have scored three of the seven goals from throws in the Premier League this season.

Edd says: "Ex-Potter here from Durban,South Africa. With a little sigh of relief with last week's win, I'm sure Stoke will play a better game of football than we have had to endure lately. I would like to see the same team line-up who started last week as it worked out very well. I'm going for a 2-0 win which should make us safe."

Neither side are in great form. This game pits together the two teams to have won the fewest Premier League games in 2013 (two apiece). Stoke have not won consecutive Premier League games since December 1st.

Happy with those line-ups Stoke and Norwich fans?

Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson; Jerome, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Walters; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen; Cameron, Jones, Owen, Whitehead, Kightly, Etherington.

Norwich: Bunn; R.Martin, Bassong, R.Bennett, Whittaker; Johnson, Howson, Tettey, Snodgrass, Kamara; Holt. Subs: Camp; Pilkington, Hoolahan, E.Bennett, Garrido, Becchio, Barnett.

Team news very shortly.

Chris: "I really wasn't expecting this Stoke team to be involved in this relegation battle, because they have a good bunch of players and a manager who knows the game very well. Stoke aren't safe yet but if they manage to get a win against Norwich, I think they will be safe."

Any thoughts ahead of this one? Let me know your thoughts and predictions by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Four of the last six matches between the sides have ended with a 1-0 scoreline and six of the Potters last eight league matches have gone under 2.5 goals. To add to that, nine of Norwich's last 10 trips to bottom-half teams have had fewer than three goals, so under 2.5 goals at 4/7 with Sky Bet looks sure to be a winner.

Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one. They rate Stoke as the 11/10 favourites with Norwich as the 13/5 underdogs. The draw is available at 11/5.

Welcome to live and interactive text commentary of the clash between Stoke and Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

This match kicks off at 1500 ...

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  
C Palace v West Ham  
Southampton v West Brom  
Swansea v Burnley
17:30
Everton v Arsenal  
Sunday, 24 August 2014
13:30
Hull City v Stoke  
Tottenham v QPR  
16:00
S'land v Man Utd  
Monday, 25 August 2014
20:00
Man City v Liverpool  
Saturday, 30 August 2014
12:45
Burnley v Man Utd  
15:00
Man City v Stoke  

Barclays Premier League

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

Updated Tue, 19 Aug 2014

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