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Stoke City 1-0 Hull City: Odemwingie scores in third straight (video)

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Mark Hughes’ Stoke City is now unbeaten in five matches after scrapping together a 1-0 home win over Hull City on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium thanks to a second-half goal from resurgent Peter Odemwingie.

The Potters now have 40 points on the season and solid-footing in the top half of the table, while Hull is now seven points clear of the drop zone after sacrificing the points.

Stoke had a good amount of the play early but their passes were a hair off, in particular deep in Hull territory. The Potters control went into the 10th minute, when Tom Huddlestone tore into a ball from about 22 yards away only to see it deflected out for a corner that came to nothing.

The two clubs couldn’t find a goal when they matched up at Hull earlier this season, and it stood 0-0 at the half. It was a gritty first 45 minutes that didn’t provide much to look at for supporters. If you’re a neutral, you were looking for a better match elsewhere by the half-hour mark, though Shane Long provided a few moments worth watching.

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Hull should’ve found the lead in the 56th minute, but Asmir Begovic made a huge save and Nikita Jelavic couldn’t slot home the rebound of a David Meyler left-footed shot.

Stoke broke through in the 62nd through Odemwingie, who took advantage of lax defending and fired a low left-footed shot past a diving Harper to put the Potters ahead 1-0. It came off a horrible pass from Ahmed Elmohamady. The Potters had all the play, and a Harper save in the 75th kept the deficit at just one.

The goal was Odemwingie’s fourth in his last three matches, all Stoke wins.


Stoke City: Begovic; Pieters, Wilson, Shawcross, Cameron; Arnautovic (Adam, 85′), Nzonzi, Whelan (Palacios, 81′); Ireland, Odemwingie, Crouch (Guidetti, 86′)

Goals: Odemwingie (62)

Hull City: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce (Aluko, 70), Chester, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone (Quinn, 81′), Livermore, Jelavic (Sagbo, 79′) Long, Elmohamady

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.