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What to expect versus Reading

Match Preview: Stoke versus Reading
 
Well Saturday 20th of June sees Stoke restart their campaign after the Covid-19 interruption, it sees Stoke pit Itself against the bloke who was instrumental in bringing Kevin Wimmer to Stoke. Pity Mark Bowen doesn’t want to take him to Reading to sort out their defence.


Reading were having a good season right up until Mark Bowen signed a new deal at the club, over night that great season halted as they have only won 4 of the 14 games since. It amazing how many times this happens. 

Stoke have faced Reading 51 times before with the results been spread evenly between the two side 


Stoke wins 18
Draws 16
Reading wins 17


Over the last ten games versus Reading though, Stoke have only won 2 games. Stoke are unbeaten in the last 6 games drawing the last 3


Form Prior to break


Stoke

Stoke 5-1 Hull
Luton 1-1 Stoke
Blackburn 0-0 Stoke

Reading

Birmingham 1-3 Reading
Reading 2-0 Barnsley
Reading 0-3 Wigan

Player to watch out for

John Swift is having a great season & is one of the top rated midfielders in the league averaging a 7.2 rating via who scored for the season, Swift has 10 assists to his name with a great solid footballing name George Puskas scoring 9 goals this season. Don’t forget Charlie Adam is on Readings books and would love another chance to show he’s still got it


What do you expect from the game on Saturday 20th, last times result, a 5-1 win over Hull was vital but didn’t give us room to breath with the form of Wigan keeping us in the battle. Luckily Charlton & Hull have dropped like a Stone and seemed destined to join Barnsley in league one next season unless they can halt their slumps quickly

Exclusive Fans Forum

Tonight’s the night when Stoke City FC host a season ticket exclusive fans forum with John Coates, Tony Scholes and Manager Michael O’Neill.


The event held in the Waddington Suite will give those that have held season tickets a bit of a reward for doing so by allowing an exclusive evening to ask questions to the three main men the run the club.


Over 240 fans have taken up the opportunity to ask questions they want the answers for.
Doors open at 7pm with the Q&A starting around 7:30pm.


What question would you ask if you could attend.

How much will Stoke miss Joe Allen

How much will Joe Allen be missed for the rest of the season.


Stoke’s 5-1 win over Hull was tainted by the news that Joe Allen will miss the rest of the season having ruptured his Achilles’ tendon.

Joe Allen has had an indifferent Stoke career mainly due to been played in the wrong position by one manager and been made to do to much work by another. It’s only since Michael O’Neill came into the club that we have started to see what a great player Joe Allen is, this injury has come at a bad time for both Joe and Stoke.


Stoke despite the great form since MoN was appointed are still hovering very close to the drop zone with Joe Allen been a major reason of the upturn in form. 


It’s hard to say what Stoke play like without Joe Allen in the side as since his signing in 2016 Allen has hardly missed a game.


In his first season for Stoke, Joe Allen missed just 2 games of which Stoke won both versus Watford & Hull. In his second season again he missed two games when Mark Hughes decided to play under strength sides against two of the best sides in the league. As you can guess we got battered in both games, 7-2 v Man City & 5-0 v Chelsea.


Last season Joe Allen never missed a game, this season Allen has missed two games following his Red Card versus Bristol City. Stoke drew and lost the resulting games v Brentford & Forest.


Tashan Oakley-Boothe replaced Allen yesterday and showed he’s fitting in well at Stoke. His vision and running didn’t go unnoticed in the stands, though he will need to strengthen up a bit as he was knocked off the ball quiet easily, even though two of the incidents were clever fouls by the Hull player that went unpunished by the referee. Oakley-Boothe got an assist in his first game which I’m sure has done wonders for his confidence.


Going back to the original question, can Stoke adapt to play without the tigerish play of Joe Allen in midfield. Will MoN have to change formation a touch to give us another body in midfield. 

What Michael O’Neill said in his Press Conference

Michael O’Neill press conference for the Hull game.


The important thing is we have put the nature of the result last weekend behind us. At the start of last week our target was 7 points, 9 would of been great. We have to leave the disappointment of the Luton game behind us. We have 10 games left, five at home and five away. We have to make sure we pick up the required points. We need to maintain our form. We need to focus on each game as it comes.


I don’t like to say any game is more important than another. Obviously though when you have a situation where you could move above a team in the table then it’s one you want to take. The focus has been on how we will approach the game tomorrow.

Injuries


Apart from Thibaud Verlinden, James McClean and Jordan Cousins we are ok injury wise. Ryan Shawcross and Stephen Ward have trained this week which is a boost.
We have to be mindful of the situation, we looked in the scenario of where players are physically, we freshened the team up with 3 new starting players, I suppose when you lose the game in the last minute you can look at the substitutions.

It’s very difficult to predict results in this division. We have four games before the international break which I believe we can win, however I’ve never felt that we couldn’t win a game. I want us to maintain our level of performance and try to improve on it.

Stoke must not give Hull hope

Match Preview: Stoke versus Hull


It’s getting to the critical part of the season and Stoke fans are starting to fear the worst once again, as even though Stoke have been one of the form sides since the New Year we are just not pulls away from the bottom three. 

Saturday pits the Potters against the side who’s form in that time has been atrocious & Stoke love to be a charity case for these sides. Stoke can’t offer any hope to Hull and must win, let’s have a look at how we’ve done in the past versus Hull


Since Stoke’s formation in 1863, sorry forest fans it’s just fact, Stoke have played Hull 69 times.


Stoke wins 30
Draws 19
Hull wins 20


Our recent history goes along the same lines with Stoke winning 5 of the last meetings, but have lost the last two both being away from home. The last time Stoke lost a home league tie versus Hull was back in 2006 when Hull scored 3 Steve Simonsen with the beast Jon Parkin getting on the scoresheet 


Form


Stoke


Luton 1-1 Stoke
Blackburn 0-0 Stoke
Stoke 2-0 Cardiff


Hull


Hull 0-4 Leeds
Hull 0-1 Barnsley
Preston 2-1 Hull


Hull couldn’t be on a worse run of results if they tried. Hull have not won any of their last 10 league games, drawing just two of them.


Player to watch out for


3 months ago this would of been about two players in Jarrod Bowen & Kamil Grosicki, both of these players left Hull in the January transfer window and have left a massive hole in Hulls attack. In fact Bowen is likely to finish as Hulls top goal scorer on 16 goals with Tom Eaves is still 11 goals away from that & he’s Hulls main threat now. 

What do you expect from the game on Saturday, anything bar a Stoke win is not even worth considering & as 6 pointers go this is a seven pointer.

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