Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Stoke City

Premier League Preview - Stoke City

NICKNAME: Potters

MANAGER: Tony Pulis

STADIUM: Britannia Stadium (27740)

LAST SEASON: 14TH

A side that were formerly seen as punching above their weight, the Potters are now firmly established in their right class with a brand of football that would make the purist shirk, but the results that accompany will leave only said purist longing for more. Pulis has brought European football to the Britannia, something previously unthinkable in recent memory.

Stoke started last season in somewhat of a lull but picked up positive results at good times to see them surge to a respectable 14th in the table - certainly not something to snub given the steady growth of the club in recent years.

IN: Michael Kightly (Wolves, £2m), Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo, undisclosed), Jamie Ness (Rangers, free), Goran Popov (Dynamo Kiev, loan)

OUT: Danny Collins (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough, free), Andrew Davies (Bradford, free), Salif Diao (released), Ricardo Fuller (released), Louis Moult (released), Tom Soares (released)

PREVIEW:

Peter Crouch is the figurehead for a Potters side that will undoubtedly look to improve once more this season, moving from mere consistency to growth and development, in a bid to get into the top half. Michael Kightly is an inclusion that will send tongues a flutter given his injury record at Wolverhampton Wanderers, nevertheless his potential is not in question.

A European adventure has been something of a rarity for Stoke City, and it may have somewhat hindered their Premier League progress. Now that they can concentrate on their league form, it could prove effective as they look for a more positive beginning this time out.

KEY PLAYER: Peter Crouch

The large centre forward proved his worth at City in his first season scoring ten goals as Stoke could only muster a 14th placed finish. However Crouch's influence in the forward line was useful outlet for their well-documented brand of play. He is a key outlet for Stoke and with a little more luck as far as he's concerned he can better his tally of ten last term.

PREDICTION: 11TH

I expect Stoke to take a step forward this year in the Premier League given their focus is solely on domestic action. Their previous sluggish start should now be addressed and they will I`m sure be positive in their approach coming into the new campaign.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 9:56PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

TV Figures So Far In 2016/17

With reports back in October suggesting that Premier League viewing figures were down...

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (22/2/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Washington Seals QPR Win

GOALS from strike duo Matt Smith and Conor Washington sealed a much-needed home win over Wigan Athletic.

Rangers had found Loftus Road a tricky place to play this season, with only four home wi

Team News - QPR v Wigan Athletic

Holloway names an unchanged team for the visit of the Latics

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Wigan
Suggested By:
Smithies49%
Furlong0%
Onuoha0%
Hall0%
Lynch5%
Bidwell0%
Wszolek0%
Manning5%
Freeman0%
Washington0%
Smith10%
LuaLua31%
Ngbakoto0%
Sylla0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 32 22 3 7 69 37
2 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
3 Huddersfield 32 20 4 8 64 8
4 Reading 33 18 6 9 60 5
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 33 17 7 9 58 10
7 Fulham 32 14 10 8 52 17
8 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 32 13 9 10 48 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Brentford 32 11 7 14 40 0
15 Q.P.R. 33 11 7 15 40 -10
16 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
17 Aston Villa 32 8 12 12 36 -8
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 33 9 8 16 35 -13
21 Bristol City 32 9 5 18 32 -6
22 Wigan 33 7 9 17 30 -10
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Preston North End (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 31 2017 7:45PM : Derby County (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk45
2.QPR4Me17
3.Boxer2
Vital Football Comment