If there was one day when the Potters would rather skip playing football, it would probably be April 25th. The history books show that Stoke City lost last five matches played on this date, including 7-0, with Chelsea winning 7-0 at Stamford Brigde last time out in 2010.
However, this Saturday Stoke City will host Sunderland, hoping to replicate a winning performance from the last week, when they defeated Southampton at Britannia. The Black Cats are in dangerous zone, only three points splitting them from Burnely at the bottom, and they desperately need to win this one. However, the history books do not look much better from them either – in last seven visits to Stoke, Sunderland lost five and drew one.
“We know that Sunderland is in a difficult situation and that they will be extremely motivated”, says Asmir. “But, we are focused on our performance and what we want is to provide our fans with another good display and three points”.
What more, victory over Saints saw Mark Hughes’ side move within point of 8th placed Swansea City in the table and since the Potters travel to Liberty Stadium next weekend, this could be a crucial fixture in race for eighth spot.
For Asmir himself this will be 11th time that he is between sticks against Sunderland. Back in May 2009 Asmir made his debut in Premier league for Portsmouth against Black Cats and Pompey won 3-1. In next ten occasions Asmir celebrated three wins, while Sunderland won in 4 matches. Begović managed to save two clean sheets, both at home turf – in October 2012 it ended 0-0, while in November 2013 – Sunderland’s last visit to Britannia – Stoke won 2-0.