Vital Reading Season Preview – Stoke
Club: Stoke City
Nickname: The Potters
Ground: Britannia Stadium (Capacity: 27,740)
When we face off: Sat 18th August (H), Sat 9th February (A)
Last season finish: 14th – Premier League
Manager: Tony Pulis – The Welshman has worked his magic to make Stoke a regular side in the Premier League since promotion in 2008, with his reliable, direct style of play that has never put them in danger of relegation.
Key player: Peter Crouch – The England international has been a big hit down at the Britannia since his move last year and has suited Stoke’s direct style of play like a duck to water. I’m sure with good wing play from the likes of Kightly and Etherington, he will score a few more this season.
Season Preview: Stoke really have been the example for all the promoted sides over the past three years, establishing themselves well in the division. I can’t see the Potters pushing for the European places, but I can’t really see them getting in any relegation trouble. Mid table finish.