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Alan Jewell

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  1. Full-time - Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Claudio Ranieri

    They couldn't quite match last week's effort of coming back from 2-0 down to win but Leicester will be delighted to secure a point.

    For Stoke, a sickener as they throw away a comfortable advantage and are still without a win this season.

    Thanks for joining us. Follow all the reaction on our main live text commentary here.  

    Bye for now.

  2. FULL-TIME - Stoke 2-2 Leicester

  3. CLOSE!

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy nearly wins it for Leicester but his low shot is just wide. End-to-end stuff. Breathless and anxious.

  4. Post update

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Stephen Ireland is far too indecisive, trying to chip in a cross when the Stoke substitute had space for a shot on the edge of the box.

    Have a dig!

  5. INJURY TIME - five minutes to play

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Leicester now on the back foot as Stoke desperately try to earn a win that seemed so likely at half-time.

  6. Post update

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Two minutes to go. Can anyone find a winner? Stoke are now looking more threatening.

  7. "This game is on a knife-edge"

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    Claudio Ranieri instructs his player Riyad Mahrez

    "After a great start, Stoke have choked. And Leicester have switched it on. Mark Hughes' side are under an awful lot of pressure and this game is on a knife-edge."

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    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Damilare Joseph:  I wouldn't want to play Leicester City in their comeback form. You are never guaranteed a lead until final whistle.

  9. Going backwards works for Leicester...

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    This seems strange on the face of it - looking at Leicester's second goal in graphical form, it starts with Danny Drinkwater (no.4) running with the ball for about 30 yards in the wrong direction after collecting Kasper Schmeichel's clearance.

    But going backwards obviously paid off because once Drinkwater was in his own half, he found Riyad Mahrez, who played in Jamie Vardy... and the result was the equaliser.

    Leicester's second goal

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Bojan has done well to last this long but he is now replaced by Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie.


    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Jeff Schlupp goes into the book for bringing down Xherdan Shaqiri right on the edge of the area.

    Shaqiri gets up and fires in the free-kick,which is well saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

  12. CLOSE!

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Geoff Cameron almost restores Stoke's lead but his header from Xherdan Shaqiri's free-kick is just, just wide. 

    Danny Drinkwater was booked for the challenge that led to the free-kick. And Stephen Ireland has come on for Marco van Ginkel. 

    All happening!


    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Peter Crouch comes on for the final 15 minutes, replacing Marko Arnautovic. 


    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Stoke were claiming that Jonathan Walters was being held by Leicester skipper Wes Morgan but referee Andre Marriner allowed play to go on. Bojan was booked for protesting

    Walters has now won a free-kick, and it was greeted by ironic cheers from disgruntled Stoke fans.

  15. Post update

    Danny Mills

    Final Score

      "From 2-0 down, Tinkerman (aka Ranieri) has done it again".  

  16. Stoke 'very, very nervous'

    Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    "Stoke fans and their players will now be very, very nervous..."

  17. GOAL - Stoke 2-2 Leicester

    Jamie Vardy

    The comeback kings have done it again!

    Jamie Vardy shows superb strength as gets on the end of a long ball forward to slide the ball under Jack Butland. 

    Stoke are furious as they feel they should have had a free-kick shortly beforehand. 

    Can Leicester go on and win it?

  18. Leicester crosses not finding their target

    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Leicester's threat down the flanks has been well documented this season but the final ball into the area is eluding them from open play today. Not that it seems to matter too much at the moment...

    Leicester crosses
  19. Post update

    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Stoke break forward as Bojan gets clear down the right-hand side - his cross is just too far ahead of Jonathan Walters.

    A better delivery and Walters would have had a clear sight of goal.


    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Leonardo Ulloa on for Shinji Okazaki as Leicester continue to press.


    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Sharp work from Jack Butland to get down low at his near post to keep out Jamie Vardy's shot after the Leicester striker turned inside Marc Wilson and left the Stoke man on his backside. 

    It's very open now. It feels like there are more goals to come.


    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    N'Golo Kante gets a deserved booking for hacking down Bojan, shortly after Riyad Mahrez also went into the book. 

  23. 'Mahrez has great ability'

    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Danny Mills

    Final Score

    "Mahrez undoubtedly has great ability, and Ranieri is encouraging him to go out there and express himself. And what an impact he's made on the Premier League."

  24. 'Football can swing'

    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    "If Leicester equalise, my money is on them winning this game. That's how football can swing."

  25. Post update

    Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Leicester have finally woken up. They win a corner and Jamie Vardy tries a shot but the ball is behind him and he can't control his effort.

    The Foxes came back from 2-0 down to win last week. Can they do it again?

  26. GOAL - Stoke 2-1 Leicester

    Riyad Mahrez (penalty)

    Riyad Mahrez scores a penaty

    Riyad Mahrez makes no mistake, sending Jack Butland the wrong way to cut Stoke's lead to 2-1. It's his fifth goal of the season. 

    Punishment for a clumsy challenge by Arnautovic. 


    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Danny Drinkwater goes down under Marko Arnautovic's challenge and referee Andre Marriner points to the spot. A lifeline for Leicester?


    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Leicester, unsurprisingly, have made a change with Marc Albrighton coming on for Gokhan Inler.

    Can he inspire a comeback from the Foxes after a meek and mediocre first half?

  29. Second half under way

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

  30. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Stoke's second goal really was a horror show for Leicester skipper Wes Morgan. The Foxes allowed Jack Butland's clearance to bounce and Morgan's attempted backpass was ill-conceived and badly executed. A gift for Jonathan Walters.

    Leicester's 2nd goal v Stoke
  31. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Superb first half for the home side. Leicester actually looked more comfortable early on but once Bojan made the breakthrough, there was only one team in it.

    A lot to do for the Foxes if they are to protect their unbeaten record. Will Claudio Ranieri make any changes for the second half? 


    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

  33. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    A minute to half-time and not much happening as Stoke look to protect their lead to the break. The are looking comfortable.  

  34. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Stoke dominating in possession and territory so far with the home side seeing 57% of the ball.

    Meanwhile, Bojan tries his luck from over 40 yards as he spots Kasper Schmeichel off his line but the Spaniard's chip is wide of the target.

    Stoke Leicester action areas
  35. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Bojan at the heart of more good play from Stoke and his floated cross is just about headed clear by a stretching Robert Huth.

    The Foxes break forward but Ritchie De Laet's shot is wide.

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    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Neil Saldanha:  Clearly Leicester's players are a bunch of calorie conscious health freaks who hate pizza...

  37. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Danny Drinkwater has a shot that is deflected wide for a corner. Shortly after N'golo Kante has a more powerful dig from distance that Jack Butland does well to save.

    Better from Leicester, as they try to get a foothold in the game.

  38. CLOSE!

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Two corners in succession for Stoke ends with Geoff Cameron crossing across the face of the Leicester goal and Jonathan Walters and Marco van Ginkel are both inches away from getting a boot on it.

    Any kind of touch and that would have been 3-0. Leicester very, very unsettled.

  39. Post update

    Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Leicester are shell-shocked since conceding two within eight minutes. Riyad Mahrez gives the ball away and Stoke win the first corner of the game.

    The home team are well on top.

  40. GOAL - Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Jonathan Walters

    Jonathan Walters celebrates

    Oh dear, Wes Morgan. What were you thinking?

    A long clearance from Jack Butland is allowed to bounce and the Leicester captain attempts a horrible volleyed backpass, which rolls just a few yards into the path of Jonathan Walters and the Stoke striker slots coolly past Kasper Schmeichel. 

    What a start for the Potters!

  41. "He slid in Bojan just superbly"

    Stoke 1-0 Leicester

    Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    "Arnautovic cuts across the full-back and puts him completely out of the game. Then he slid in Bojan just superbly."

    You can enjoy analysis and reaction on Final Score via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  42. Post update

    Stoke 1-0 Leicester

    Leicester look to respond immediately and Riyad Mahrez threatens again as he cuts in from the right but it's straight into Jack Butland's safe arms. 

    Stoke are knocking it about nicely now, though. Anxiety definitely lifted among fans and players. 

  43. GOAL - Stoke 1-0 Leicester

    Bojan Krkic

    Bojan Krkic celebrates

    What a return!

    Back in the starting line-up for the first time since these sides met in January, Bojan runs on to Marko Arnautovic's cute pass and fires low past Kasper Schmeichel.

    Just Stoke's fourth goal of the season but it's lifted the mood at the Britannia after Leicester made the brighter opening.

    No pizza for the Leicester lads tonight!

  44. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Leicester

    First sight of goal and it goes to that man Riyad Mahrez but the Leicester man's shot from the edge of the box is straight at Jack Butland. 

  45. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Leicester

    Bojan has plenty of space in the middle of the Leicester half but his pass, aimed at Marko Arnautovic, is too short. 

    Leicester quickly counter through the dangerously in-form Riyad Mahrez but he is robbed of the ball as he charges into the penalty area.

  46. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Leicester

    Good run down the left from Leicester's Jeff Schlupp but his cross is too close to Jack Butland, who has made 29 saves so far this season - more than any other keeper in the Premier League.

  47. Post update

    Stoke 0-0 Leicester

    N'golo Kante surges forward for Leicester as the French midfielder tries to enliven a cagey opening but Stoke crowd him out.

    The Potters have never lost three successive home games in the Premier League. They don't want to change that today.

  48. KICK-OFF

    Stoke 0-0 Leicester

    Xherdan Shaqiri and Claudio Ranieri

    Stoke get us under way...

  49. Post update

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Almost all set on a lovely late summer's afternoon in Stoke. Can the home team get their season up and running? Can Leicester maintain their superb start?

    We're about to find out.

  50. 'Leicester have been outstanding'

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Dion Dublin

    Football Focus

    "Leicester are passing it around, they are confident and nobody thought this would happen this season after Nigel Pearson left. This form, this confidence within the side, has been outstanding. 

    "Some of the goals they have scored have been outstanding, and they are giving themselves a chance to score in every game."

  51. MOTD commentator's verdict

    Stoke v Leicester (15:00 BST)

    Steve Bower

    BBC football commentator

    "Who would have thought that after five games this fixture would be third-bottom against second-top? It's a reflection of the two clubs' early contrasting fortunes.

    "Leicester have been a breath of fresh air so far. Claudio Ranieri has cleverly used the foundations and momentum from last season to huge effect. He has a team full of confidence and, in Riyad Mahrez, one of the in-form players in the league.

    "Stoke will hope to halt their progress though and record their first win to kickstart their season. They have back-to-back home games and will be desperate to rediscover their usual form at the Britannia Stadium."

  52. Lawro's prediction

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Mark Lawrenson

    BBC football expert

    Mark Lawrenson has had a look at the form book and totally ignored it:

    "Stoke were lucky to get away with only losing 2-0 at Arsenal last week, and they have their keeper Jack Butland to thank for that. He has been their best player so far this season.

    "Leicester's comeback from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa showed their confidence and the attacking options at Claudio Ranieri's disposal.

    "But, you know what? I fancy Stoke to beat them. Mark Hughes' side are back at home and things are going to click for them at some point because they are a much better team than they have shown us so far."

    Lawro's score: Stoke 2-0 Leicester

    Lawro's predictions v England cricketer Stuart Broad

  53. The need for speed

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Stoke's defence had better be sharp today as Leicester's Jamie Vardy, Jeff Schlupp and Marc Albrighton (who is on the bench) were named as the three fastest players in the division this week, leading Claudio Ranieri to compare them to fighter jets.

    He said: "I say my team is like the RAF, it's fantastic - whoosh whoosh! - I love it."

  54. Coming from behind 'not good'

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    As we mentioned before, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri wants a clean sheet and it's pizza all round for his players if they achieve it.

    Last week's thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 was too much for him.

    "Coming back from behind might be exciting, but it is not good," he said.

    "I told them, if you keep a clean sheet, I'll buy pizza for everybody. I think they're waiting for me to offer a hot dog too."

    Claudio Ranieri
  55. No apprehension about start - Hughes

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Is Mark Hughes worried by Stoke's win-less start? Apparently not.

    He said: "There's absolutely no apprehension regarding the start we have made because we are building for the remainder of the season and are confident of being incredibly competitive and picking up the points we want.

    "There is absolutely no worry within the building."

    Agree, Stoke fans? Get in touch at #bbcfootball.

  56. Post update

    Mark Hughes
  57. Bojan is back

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Bojan has been sorely missed by Stoke since he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in January.

    One week before his injury, the Spanish midfielder scored the winning goal the last time these teams met when Stoke won 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

    As he returns to the starting line-up, can he make the difference again this afternoon?

    Bojan scored winner for Stoke
  58. Team news

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes has made four changes from last week's defeat at Arsenal and the big headline is that Bojan is starting.

    It's the Spanish midfielder's first start since January after recovering from his serious knee injury and striker Jonathan Walters is back up front as top scorer Mame Diouf is unfit with a hamstring strain. 

    Defenders Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson are also added to the starting XI. Also dropping out are Phil Bardsley, Marc Muniesa and Mato Joselu.

    Just the one change for Leicester as French midfielder N'golo Kante comes in for Marc Albrighton.  

    Stoke team graphic
    Leicester team graphic
  59. Predict the result

    Predictor graphic

    Don't forget, you can predict the outcome of this match - and the rest of the weekend's fixtures - in our Premier League Predictor game. You can register your scores here and you have until kick-off time to submit them. Good luck!  

  60. Can Stoke lift the gloom?

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Stoke City are also searching for their first clean sheet of 2015-16 but the two sides could hardly have had more contrasting starts. While Leicester lie second in the Premier League, the Potters are down in 18th and are still searching for their first win.

    The previously formidable Britannia Stadium has also been witness to two losses from their opening two home games. Can Mark Hughes's side rid themselves of the taste of defeat?

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
  61. Will Claudio be buying dinner tonight?

    Stoke City v Leicester City (15:00 BST)

    Claudio Ranieri is a hard man to please. His Leicester side may be unbeaten but he wants a first clean sheet of the season - and he'll buy all his players pizza if they deliver one against Stoke City. 

    Welcome to our live page for this afternoon's game. 

  62. Post update

    Welcome to our live page for Stoke City v Leicester City. We'll have text commentary here from 14:30 BST, plus you can follow Final Score via the live coverage tab. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today's games here.