Last Updated: 29/09/12 4:55pm
Swansea are now three league games without a win, point or goal. It is beginning to look a little worrying, as they seemed so uninventive and shaky during the first half. They did improve after the break, but that is little consolation to the travelling fans.
All over at the Britannia, where Stoke have comfortably beaten a lacklustre Swansea side 2-0. Swansea paid the price for a poor first half.
Stoke are passing the ball round comfortably, perfectly aware that nothing else is required. Three valuable points, not before time.
It is Crouch's last action, to be replaced by Kenwyne Jones. Michael Owen will be suitably glum on the bench.
Peter Crouch attempts an overhead kick but it's an air shot from the Stoke striker. That would have been some hat-trick goal, but not to be. A wry smile from Crouch.
Matthew Etherington has looked hungry since his introduction, and he powers down the left wing before crossing for Walters, whose diving header is wide
Michael Kightly, who scored on his Stoke debut, fires wide from 30 yards, his low shot never troubling Vorm in goal
Glenn Whelan has picked up a knock, and will be replaced by Dean Whitehead. It looks like a hamstring problem for the Republic of Ireland international.
Matthew Etherington is through on goal but forced wide. His cross finds Peter Crouch at the back post, who clips the bar with a header looking for his hat-trick.
Geoff Cameron has been solid for Stoke today, but his crosses have been consistently overhit. In fairness, he is playing out of position at right back.
Second change for Swansea, and Michu is the man replaced. The Spaniard hasn't had much of an impact, and his place is taken by Luke Moore
Terrific noise in the Britannia Stadium as Stoke press for a third goal and win an attacking throw in. They win a corner from the long throw.
On his 100th Premier League appearance, Marc Wilson has a black eye to mark the occasion, caught in the face by a stray boot from Michu. No blame can be attached to the Spaniard.
Etherington's first contribution is to concede a corner with a neat sliding challenge, but the resulting corner ends in a free kick to Stoke for a high boot in the box
Stoke finally have an attack of their own, and Charlie Adam's cross is scrambled clear by Chico for Swansea, with Peter Crouch ready to pounce.
A sliced clearance from Ryan Shawcross gives Swansea an opportunity from a corner. Davies delivers and Chico almost gets his head on the ball, Walters conceding another corner.
Danny Graham has struggled to get involved in the game thus far. May Michael Laudrup be thinking of giving him a partner up top?
Swansea are taking set pieces quickly and injecting a degree of urgency into the game. Where was this during the first half though?
Jonathan Walters goes into the box for a cynical tug on Nathan Dyer's shirt. The referee has found his cards at half-time!
It would be overstating it to say Swansea were running Stoke ragged, however, and the final ball into the box is still eluding the Welsh side.
You do get the feeling that there are some nerves around the Britannia with Swansea's response. The next goal is going to be crucial.
Cross from Hernandez goes out for a goal kick, but Swansea look significantly better at the start of this second half.
No changes for either side, which is something of a surprise given Swansea's first half performance.
Don't forget you can get in touch by tweeting to @danielstorey85 with your views on the game. Stoke fans, happy with that then? And Swansea supporters, do you feel that the bubble is bursting?
Credit must clearly also go to Peter Crouch, who has taken his two goals nicely. That is five goals for the season for Crouch, who may be enhancing his international chances. Michael Owen clearly remains on the bench.
Swansea simply haven't been allowed to settle into the style that they so enjoy utilising. Stoke have pressed and harried all over the pitch, and for their part have looked wonderfully inventive, particularly on the right hand side where Michael Kightly has caused Ben Davies problems.
A first half completely dominated by Swansea. They are great value for their 2-0 lead, and Michael Laudrup must be thinking about changes.
As we go into stoppage time, Leon Brittain fires a shot over form the edge of the area. Brittain doesn't have a Premier League goal, and that shot is evidence why
Glenn Whelan, who has been quite quiet, takes a free kick into the box which sails miles over the bar. Awful delivery.
A little spat on the touchline between Walters and Dyer, with the Stoke man cheekily throwing the ball back into Dyer's face. Much ado about nothing.
Geoff Cameron stands up the ball to the back post, but inexplicably no Stoke player has gambled. Swansea are just waiting for half time.
Stoke are dominant, and unless Swansea can respond then this game looks over for the South Wales side
Peter Crouch is having an anniversary to remember. His initial shot is saved by Vorm, but the keeper can only spill it to the striker who taps home from four yards.
Swansea are starting to see more of the ball, but are operating very much in the middle third without dangerous.
Peter Crouch penalised and Chico goes down holding his face. Their was contact but it did seem head-to-head.
Unrelenting pressure from Stoke City. They win another corner, and are passing the ball around like their much-lauded opponents.
Michael Kightly wins his side a corner after his cross cut out by Ashley Williams. Adam hits the first man with his delivery.
Close for Swansea. Danny Graham lays the ball off to Michu, whose curling left foot shot goes a foot wide of the target.
Neat work down the right by Charlie Adam, but Cameron's cross is grossly overhit, the ball going out for a throw in on the far side
Leon Brittain plays the ball forward and Swansea win their second corner. Wilson forced to put the ball behind. Begovic takes the resulting delivery.
Charlie Adam incvolved in the game at the moment, a shot from outside the area straight at Michel Vorm.
Adam is fine and returns to the fray, with Swansea now beginning to venture forward with more confidence. Adam has been operating just behind Crouch.
We have an injury as Charlie Adam falls heavily in the box and holds his shoulder. He looks ok but will have treatment on the pitch.
Half chance for Swansea. Stoke play the ball loosely at the back, and Danny Graham latches onto the ball. His shot is weak and Begovic saves with ease.
It's all Swansea can do to clear the ball at the moment, nevermind play their effective passing football
Free kick to Swansea taken by Ki, and Stoke look slightly shaky in conceding a corner. Swansea's first of the game
Charlie Adam lets fly from 25 yards, but the shot is screwed high and wide. Swansea need to regroup here.
Michel Vorm tries to clear the ball but Crouch charges it down, the ball going out for a goal kick. Just highlights the Stoke pressure on the ball.
It has been coming, and the rule remains that if you let your man go, you will concede goals. Especially if the opponent is Stoke and the man is Peter Crouch.
From the resultant corner, Peter Crouch marks his 500th league game with a header from eight yards. Poor marking from Swansea, with Chico Flores losing his man. Four goal for Crouch now this season
Mark Wilson has a cross shot for Stoke, and Michel Vorm is forced to make a smart save, spilling the shot behind
Swansea really struggling to build in midfield, with Stoke having the majority of possession thus far
Stoke are really pressurising Swansea's defence, clearly realising that stopping them at source is the key to success. That was certainly Everton's tactic last weekend
Long diagonal ball to Peter Crouch who heads it back into the penalty area, and there is a mini-scramble before Swansea can clear
A sliced clearance from Asmir Begovic, but Ryan Shawcross assists his keeper and relieves the danger
Out come the teams at the Britannia. Can Stoke get their first victory? Will Swansea bounce back from defeat to Everton? And is this as simple as brawn v brains? We shall see...
Better entertainment, however, is the Stoke fan dressed in a Superman costume dancing to the dulcet tones of Eminem's Lose Yourself. All very strange.
There is a pre-match presentation on the pitch to mark Stoke City's 150th anniversary season. Kudos for knowing that Stoke are the second oldest league club, with Notts County taking that particular honour.
One milestone worth mentioning is that today will be Peter Crouch's 500th league appearance in English league football. He may not be everybody's cup of tea, but you have to concede that, when on form, he is a tough prospect for defenders.
Despite being without a league win so far this season, Stoke would actually move above Swansea in the table and up into 11th place if they beat today's opponents by more than one goal. Tony Pulis will certainly be expecting his side to finally notch a victory.
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Our referee today is Jonathan Moss, who hails from Leeds. He has issued nine yellow cards in his two games so far this season, the second most proficient issuer of bookings.
Whilst Michael Laudrup selects an attacking side with space for Danny Graham, Michu, Hernandez, Dyer and the South Korean Ki. It looks like we may have two 4-5-1 formations on our hands, so let's hope that they don't cancel each other out.
So Stoke name an unchanged side from the one that pushed Chelsea all the way at Stamford Bridge last weekend, with Peter Crouch operating as a lone striker and Charlie Adam recovering from the illness that forced him off in that game.
I have a sneaky suspicion that Stoke will get their first win today, but it's likely to be tight. Stoke's two home games this season have produced just two goal, so 1-0 Stoke is my shout. Remember to send in your predictions to @danielstorey85.
Stoke's opponents Swansea have lost two in a row after a positive start to the season. They did come from behind to win at Crawley in the Capital One Cup in midweek, but Michael Laudrup will want significant improvements from a side that looked poor against Everton during a 0-3 home defeat last Saturday lunchtime.
Mart tweets: 'Stoke to pick up first win today. Swansea will be too busy trying to make their passing look pretty. 3-0 Stoke.' I admire your optimism, Mart.
In fact, the Potters are 11 PL games without a win, a club record. It is their longest winless run in 23 years.
Stoke may have only lost one game in the Premier League so far, but they are yet to win in the league this season, and Tony Pulis will demand that that changes today.