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Mid table mediocrity predicted for Potters

Mid table mediocrity predicted for Potters

It`s that time again, when anyone, who is anyone in the world of football punditry gives their upcoming views about the new season. Here`s what they`ve had to say about Stoke`s chances next season.

Sky Sport`s Jamie Redknapp
"Tony Pulis' team were a disappointment last year. They spent big money on players like Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch and were trying to move up a level, but had a really disappointing finish in 14th. Everyone is looking to Stoke to move on this year and the fans - who are brilliant - may want more. For the first time there may be pressure on the team to perform better than they did in the previous season."
Prediction: 12th

The Guardian`s Paul Wilson
"It is hard to envisage Stoke rolling over and becoming a soft touch while Pulis remains in charge, and their crowd alone will help ensure the Britannia remains a challenging place for opponents to win points, so unless early results are spectacularly bad there seems no need to panic. A safe, mid-table berth appears to be eminently attainable once again."
Prediction: 14th

Sportsmail Reporter
"The club have not gained much over the summer, though Rangers' Jamie Ness is a decent passer. Plenty of deadwood has been shifted."
Prediction: 12th

The Telegraph`s Marco Monteverde
"The Potters will again be hard to beat at home but lack the finesse to finish in the top half of the table."
Prediction: 13th

As you can see, all of them believe that we will be safe from the drop but don`t expect us to burst through our glass ceiling and break into the top half of the table.



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Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 6:29PM

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