Football - Yoshida: Saints can rule Britannia

Maya Yoshida might be expecting a "really tough game" at Stoke but is confident Southampton can end the hosts' long unbeaten home record.

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Tony Pulis' side are unbeaten in 16 league games at the Britannia Stadium following their comprehensive 3-1 defeat of Liverpool on Boxing Day.

Southampton are next up for Stoke and, while wary of the threat the home side pose, centre-back Yoshida is hopeful of ending their long unbeaten streak.

"It will be a really, really tough game I think," the Japan international said. "Stoke have not lost a home game this season.

"They have many, many tall guys so it will be a more physical game.

"We have to give away less free-kicks, corner kicks and deep throw-ins otherwise they will put many, many long balls in the box. We have to think about this.

"Of course every time I want to win a game but this time it would be really nice because they haven't lost a home game (for a long time)."

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