Stoke now have a run of 5 games prior to the next international break in November.
Three of those fixtures, the team have started the season reasonably well with Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday occupying top 8 places in the league.
List of where they sit as of today 17th Oct
Sheffield Wednesday 8th
West Brom 1st
Being Stoke it’s quiet possible to get 15 points out these fixtures, though on the other side, it’s pretty conceivable that we could end up losing all 5 too.
Nathan Jones has a lot riding on these games. Stoke was always a long term project for whoever was manager, but only winning one of the first 11 league games has highlighted that long term projects still have a shelf life as relegation is a no no for the Stoke City board.
How many points do you expect from these 5 fixtures?
Sky Sports David Prutton prediction for the Swansea v Stoke game.
Swansea are back on top of the table! They fell behind so early on against Charlton and you worried a little for them after three games without a win, but they bounced back superbly at The Valley.
There is not much more to say about Stoke. Their season has been a disaster so far, and losing at home to Huddersfield only further compounded their misery. Nathan Jones will still be in charge at the Liberty, but I can’t see their fortunes changing.
Swansea 2-1 Stoke
In the last 10 meeting between the two sides Stoke have faired well.
Away from home Stoke have won 2 of the 5 games losing the other three.
The last meeting was at the liberty Stadium back in April which Swansea won 3-1. James McClean scored for Stoke and Bruno Martin Indi saw Red early on in the second half.
The man of the moment at the time Daniel James ran Stoke ragged that day which primarily resulted in BMI getting that red card. Lucky for Stoke James has since left Swansea to join Manchester United
Swansea have started the season far better than even they would of expected especially after having a new manager with no experience of the English game.Can their good form continue is anyone’s guess, but on the flip side can Stoke’s poor form continue.
Player to watch
Borja Bastón has started the season well with 6 goals to his name.
Preview: Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
It’s the Ramadan Sobhi Derby.
There are quiet a few connection between the two sides with Tom Ince & Tommy Smith coming to Stoke, and somehow we convinced Huddersfield Town that Ramadan Sobhi was anything other than someone who could stand on a ball.
The game is massive for Stoke, probably the biggest game since Hughes was sacked. Stoke and Huddersfield currently sit in the bottom two places in the league with virtually the same record. Nine games in and not a single win between them.
The game could be the last game for Nathan Jones as mounting speculation is growing over him being removed as manager if the result goes the wrong way, some even saying he could leave if we win.
Results have not come for Jones despite performances improving, this is due to our ability to shoot ourselves in the foot in every game, non more than our last game v Nottingham Forest, a game which Stoke were well on top until Jack Butland gifted Forest back into the game to which the obliged.
Our opponents have recently changed manager and have been expecting the new manager bounce to kick in, let’s hope this doesn’t happy tomorrow to put the final nail in Nathan Jones’s coffin.
Players to watch out for
Karlan Grant: Grant is Huddersfield’s top goal scorer thus far with 5 goals in his 9 league games so far
Trevor Chalobah: Chalobah is a Left sided England U21 defender who often plays as a defensive midfielder. He is positionally sound & Huddersfield attacks tend to start from his deep position.
Recent results between sides
Stoke are unbeaten against Huddersfield in the last 5 meetings with Stoke coming out on top 2-0 in the last two home games together. The last League meeting was the first game under Paul Lambert but that revival was short lived under him.
Stoke v Forest
Stoke take on Nottingham Forest live on Sky Sports on Friday night, The game is looking like a must win game for Nathan Jones with talk in the media of the Coates family losing patience with the manager.
Stoke sit second bottom in the league, without a league win all season. Nathan Jones time as manager is looking like it’s coming to an end if he cannot turn around our fortunes very quickly.
Stoke have two league home games now with Forest and Bottom of the league Huddersfield visiting the bet365 Stadium in the next 5 days. You’d have to think that a minimum of 4 points is needed for Nathan Jones to delay the axe falling.
Forest come into tomorrows game with only one loss in the last 10 league and Cup games, that loss was a 5-0 defeat to Premier League Arsenal in the EFL Cup.
Nottingham Forest are currently in the last play off spot in the league, 13 points above Stoke City. To be 13 points away from what at the start of the season would of been a minimum requirement for Stoke city for the season, by gaining a play off spot just shows how far away Stoke are from having a good season.
Men to watch
Lewis Grabban leads the line for Forest and has 4 league goals this season
Brice Samba signed this summer from Caen for just short of £2million, The French keeper has already put in some outstanding displays, non more than his performance v Barnsley.
What are your expectations for the game?
Will their be more empty seats especially with the game being televised.