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Job Done for the Potters, but not for Forest

Match Preview: Forest v Stoke

Wednesday nights game has suddenly become a nothing game for Stoke, though lots rides on the result for Forest. 

Stoke expected to be going into the game needing at least a point or other results to go our way, But the great displays against Birmingham, Bristol City & Brentford has edged Stoke clear of any trouble.
Nottingham Forest however need at least a point to make sure they stay above Swansea in the play off places


Stoke versus Nottingham Forest has been a regular fixture through the years with the two sides playing each other 107 times


Previous 107 results


Won 31
Drew 31
Lost 45

Last 10 meetings


Won 2
Drew 4
Lost 4

Stoke have not won at the City ground since Mark Stein scored a beauty in a 3-2 win back in 1993


Forest’s form


Forest’s form has not been good. They have gone from a side almost certain to be in the play offs to a side hanging on for dear life to that place. Forest have not won in the last 5 games, with bottom of the league Barnsley taking all the points in their last game, albeit via a 93minute goal.


Last 3 Results


Stoke 1-0 Brentford
Bristol City 1-1 Stoke
Stoke 2-0 Birmingham 


Barnsley 1-0 Forest
Forest 2-2 Swansea
Preston 1-1 Forest


What result do you expect for the Nottingham Forest v Stoke Game?

Tough Test versus Brentford

Could we have a more difficult game to get a point out of.


Crucial game for Stoke tomorrow, once again Sky Sports have chosen the game for live coverage, probably due to the ramifications for both sides.


Brentford are pushing hard for an automatic place while Stoke are doing everything possible since Michael O’Neill was appointed to avoid relegation, mainly due to a shocking start to the season under Nathan Jones.


Saturday’s game will only be the 28th meeting between the two sides, with Stoke spending most of its life In a league above Brentford. Next season could see Brentford being in a higher league than Stoke.


Previous 27 results


Won 12
Drew 9
Lost 6

Last 10 meetings


Won 4

Drew 3
lost 3

Having said that, Stoke have not beat Brentford in the last 4 games.


Brentford’s form


Brentford are the form side in the league, they are unbeaten in the last nine games winning the last 8 on the bounce


Last 3 Results


Bristol City 1-1 Stoke
Stoke 2-0 Birmingham 
Leeds 5-0 Stoke 


Brentford 1-0 Preston
Derby 1-3 Brentford

Brentford 2-1 Charlton


What result do you expect for the Stoke v Brentford Game?

Can We get over the line Versus Bristol City

Bristol City versus Stoke Preview


Stoke are within touching distance of mathematical safety, a positive result versus Bristol City will assure our Championship status for another year. Saying that I don’t think we need anymore points as we have a lot of sides below us who play each other so they all can’t win.

Michael O’Neill has done wonders since his arrival & let’s hope he can continue to improve the teams results next season to make us the side we expected.

Wednesday’s game versus Bristol City will be the  56th meeting of the two sides.

Won 25

Lost 16

Drew 14


Last 10 meetings

Won 5
Lost 4

Drew 1


Despite having a decent record versus Bristol City, Stoke though have lost the last two meetings. The last win was at Ashton Gate back in 2018 when we got battered for 90 mins but stole the three points with a Darren Fletcher goal


Bristol City Form


Bristol City were on a shocking run of form prior to Lee Johnson’s sacking, Bristol hasn’t won a game in 9 attempts. The current caretaker manager has worked wonders winning both games he’s taken charge of. Typical, just in time for a Stoke fixture.

Last 3 results

Stoke 2-0 Birmingham

Leeds 5-0 Stoke
Stoke 4-0 Barnsley


Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City
Bristol City 2-1 Hull
Bristol City 0-1 Cardiff

What does everyone expect from the game versus Bristol City?

Is it Job done or Not

Are Stoke safe or not?


Stoke sit after yesterday’s 2-0 win over Birmingham In 17th place in the league on 49 points.


Is that amount of points good enough to ease the anxiety of the Stoke fans. Let’s have a look at the remaining fixture to see if it’s possible for the teams around us to get above that total.


Let’s start with Stoke on 49 points


Bristol City (a), Brentford (h), Forest (a)


Bristol City have recently changed manager which has coincided with a change in form, winning both game under the new management. This will be a tough game for Stoke, though Bristol won’t be able to play Stoke loan player Benik Afobe against his parent club.


Brentford have their sights set on Automatic promotion & are on the best form in the league, winning the last six games. Stoke have been in good form at home under Michael O’Neill, but think it’s a tall order to get anything out of this game


Nottingham Forest are likely to have safely secured a place in the Play offs prior to this game, so Stoke could benefit if Forest decide to rest players for those games.


Barnsley


Barnsley sit bottom of the league on 43 points, that’s 6 points behind the Potters.


Their remaining fixtures are:
Leeds (a), Forest (h), Brentford (a)


Needing 7 points effectively to go above Stoke due to the goal difference it’s extremely unlikely that they will get those points with their fixtures, especially when Barnsley haven’t won in their last 3 fixtures


Luton


Luton are a point above Barnsley & 5 points below Stoke, Luton did win last time out & have far more favourable fixtures than our own I still can’t see them getting 2 wins needed

QPR (h), Hull, (a), Blackburn (h)


Hull


Hull are 4 points behind Stoke so its possible they could get the desired points, though just like Barnsley they haven’t won in their last 3 games
Wigan (a), Luton (h), Cardiff (a)


Charlton


Charlton haven’t won in the last 4 games but only sit 3 points behind the Potters & their goal difference is pretty much the same as there’s.
Birmingham (a), Wigan (h), Leeds (a)


Huddersfield 


Huddersfield sit just two points behind Stoke on 47 points, they are another team who haven’t won in the last 3 games & have a couple of tough fixtures still to come
Sheffield Wednesday (a) Wba (h) Millwall (a)

Middlesbrough 


Middlesbrough also sit just two points behind Stoke. Boro have only one tough fixture left to come but have been hit & miss under new manager Neil Warnock.
Reading (a), Cardiff (h), Wednesday (a)


Birmingham 


Well what can be said about Birmingham’s prospects of getting any more points this season. Brum currently sit on the same points as Stoke but have not won a game of football in 12 games. So I don’t think whoever they have to play would offer must hope to their fans.
Charlton (h), Preston (a), Derby (h)

We could and should add another two teams into the mix. Wigan & Sheffield Wednesday have possible points deductions imposed up on them bringing them right back into the fold


Wigan


Wigan currently have 54 points but a 12 points deduction has been imposed up on them putting them at the bottom of the table on 42 points. Whether their appeal gets the result they hope is another matter. I don’t think it will, so they need to win every game to get above Stoke’s current total of 49
Hull (h), Charlton (a) Fulham (h)


Sheffield Wednesday


Sheffield Wednesday have has the prospect of a points deduction hanging over them for what seems like years but nothing has been actioned as of yet. Their have been rumoured if possible deductions ranging from 9 points up to 21. It’s likely the lower amount would be more accurate which would put Wednesday 3 points behind Stoke
Huddersfield (h), Fulham (a) Middlesbrough (h)


Their are still plenty of twists & turns left in the league, I’m fairly confident Stoke will stay above those bottom 3 places.


What do you think? 

Massive Game for the Potters on Sunday versus Birmingham

Stoke versus Birmingham match Preview


Stoke take in Birmingham on Sunday live on Sky sports. We can ill afford to put in a display like we did versus Leeds on Thursday, as losing to our midlands rivals would almost certainly mean a finish in the bottom 3.

On my Personal twitter account I highlighted how off the pace & quality Stoke were versus Leeds.

This is a shocking stat to say the least

Sunday’s game versus Birmingham will be the 103rd meeting of the two sides.

Won 43

Lost 37

Drew 22


Last 10 meetings


Lost 6
Won 2*
Drew 2

*One of those wins was a penalty win in the league cup.


Stoke’s form against Birmingham recently has been abysmal, which isn’t good going into a must win game. Stoke last League win against Birmingham came back in 2010 when we met in the Premier League with the Potters claiming a 3-2 home win.

Birmingham Form


It’s far to say that Birmingham are way out of form, in-fact Birmingham have not won a game in the past 11 games, losing 5 of those. It should be a perfect time to face them but we all know Stoke like to be a charity case in these circumstances.

Last 3 results

Leeds 5-0 Stoke
Stoke 4-0 Barnsley
Wigan 3-0 Stoke 

Birmingham 1-3 Swansea
Fulham 1-0 Birmingham 
Birmingham 0-3 Huddersfield 

What does everyone expect from the game versus Birmingham ?

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