Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Looking Ahead for Stoke City

Peter Crouch had a day to remember against Blackburn Rovers Monday. A pair of goals, including his 100th in League play. Stoke stole an important 3 points away from Britannia, and climbed 3 points to be one point behind Newcastle United, who play tomorrow. But what does the rest of the season hold for a Stoke side who seems to have found their form of late?

Their next three matches include an FA Cup match against Gillingham on the 7th. This is followed by 2 League matches away against Liverpool and home to West Brom. The Liverpool  match presents particular difficulty for Stoke. Not only will Liverpool want revenge to the 1-nil loss at Brittania at the ends of Stoke in early September, but Liverpool will also be looking to bounce back from a tough 3-nil loss at the hands of Manchester City.

Then Stoke face a winnable match at home against West Brom. So the road is tough. It always is in the Premier League. But their recent record, despite the loss to Manchester City, shows that Stoke can beat top flight Premier League competition. A victory against Tottenham Hotspur at home shows that Stoke have the stuff to beat the best of the Premier League. Now they need to it. and against a Liverpool side spoiling for a fight.

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