Date: 12th November 2015 at 7:12pm
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With seven Premier League games remaining until the turn of the year and the season’s halfway stage, we take a look at how we think Stoke City will fare up until the start of 2016.

Vs Southampton (A), Nov 21

Despite their impressive 1-0 victory over Premier League champions Chelsea last weekend at the Britannia Stadium; we feel the international break has come at the wrong time for the Potters, slowing down their momentum before their tricky visit to the south coast next Saturday. With the Saints currently unbeaten in their last six league outings, you would fancy the home side to take all three points inside St Mary’s.

Shoot Says: Lose

Vs Sunderland (A), Nov 28

Coming up against a side that are heavily tipped for relegation this season is never easy, with Sunderland being no exception. Two away fixtures on the bounce could take it out of Mark Hughes’ side as the Black Cats will be doubly determined to record only their second win of the campaign in front of their home crowd. Tough times for Stoke.

Shoot Says: Lose

22nd July 2015 - Pre-Season Friendly - Wrexham v Stoke City - Stoke manager Mark Hughes - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Mark Hughes’ Stoke City have won four of their last six league games having gone without a win during the season’s opening six fixtures.

Vs Manchester City (H), Dec 5

Just like their encouraging win over Jose Mourinho’s men last weekend, Stoke always seem to perform against the ‘big boys’. This week joint-Premier League leaders Manchester City are in town. And despite star striker Sergio Aguero poised to be back to full fitness by the start of next month, we fancy the Potters’ resolute defence to earn the hosts a well-deserved point.

Shoot Says: Draw

Vs West Ham United (A), Dec 12

With Stoke having lost just once on the road this season and West Ham United noticeably inconsistent at Upton Park so far this term, this clash has a tie all over it. With influential midfielder Dimitri Payet ruled out for three months; the Hammers have been significantly weakened in the middle of the park, with Stoke destined to take advantage. Stalemate.

Shoot Says: Draw

Vs Crystal Palace (H), Dec 19

Finally we predict a first league win since early-November for Stoke; the game before Christmas day too! Crystal Palace visit the Britannia Stadium next month with impressive away form having won four of their six Premier League trips this season, including last weekend’s triumph at Anfield. But if the Potters can replicate the sternness they displayed so brilliantly against Chelsea earlier on in the season, there should only be one winner here.

Shoot Says: Win

Vs Manchester United (H), Dec 26

Boxing Day delivers a feisty treat back at the Britannia [Stadium] as 13-time Premier League champions Manchester United come to town. This annual fixture always serves up a lively, often scrappy and fiery affair; so we can see both club’s cancelling each other out in an entertaining clash.

Shoot Says: Draw

Vs Everton (A), Dec 28

You never know which Everton side will turn up; one moment they can be outstanding (6-2 win over Sunderland), then the next they are disappointingly underwhelming. Give the home side’s inconsistency in form; Stoke will be confident of setting themselves up for a deserved draw at Goodison Park to go into the New Year off an encouraging five-game unbeaten run.

Shoot Says: Draw

Overall Points: 23

League position: 12th

 
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