Vital Football

Latest Stoke City News

Swansea is a must win game for Stoke

Swansea is a must win game for Stoke

This weekend`s battle of the SCFC`s and the battle of England v Wales is looking like a must win for Stoke City.

Stoke have now gone eleven Premier league outings without a victory stretching back to the start of the calendar year, and if the Potters don`t grab a victory at the Britannia Stadium,, the run could stretch even further with tough away fixtures at Manchester United`s Old Trafford & Liverpool`s Anfield.

Since the transfer window slammed shut at the end of August, the Staffordshire outfit have looked a better side, but just haven`t been able to grab a victory over a resurgent Wigan or grab all 3 points over Premier League Champions Manchester City or European Champions Chelsea, even though they played extremely gallantly, and on another set of days would have came away with an impressive 9 points.

All the new signings which the Britannia Stadium faithful have been blessed with watching have really impressed. The signings have arguably changed Stoke`s style of play and created a new found optimism in a lot of Stoke fans.

Not only has the likes of Charlie Adam, Michael Kightly, Steven N`Zonzi & Geoff Cameron gave Stoke the required guile you need to be a success at the Brit, but they all know how to pass a football but also have vision and a footballing brain which hasn`t been seen from a Stoke player in a number of years.

This season, the view from the Boothen End has seen players calmly collect the ball in any area of the field and not panic and act like the ball is a hot potato and then calmly distribute the ball to a team mate and not just hopelessly lump the ball up field and expect (hope) Mr. Crouch or Walters to somehow latch onto to the stray ball.

With this new found composure from the new additions, it has seemed to rub off on Stoke`s old guard, noticeably two players that seem to have a lot of doubters; Jonathan Walters and Glenn Whelan.

Whelan this season has turned himself into a Paul Scholes-esque player who just requires to be the little terrier in the middle of the field and off load the ball off to the pure strength of Steven N`Zonzi, who can just power his way through a brick wall to get the attack going or to Charlie Adam, who can pick out any pass on a football pitch.

Also, with the knowing that the little Irishman doesn`t need to be the terrier along with the playmaker, he seems more confident and comfortable whilst in possession of the ball, therefore making Stoke as a team more easy and less frustrating on the eye.

Jon Walters is another player that has undergone a transformation under the new regime of players, and a change of position has helped his cause. Walters has been put out on the right, which is a more natural position for his workforce. Walters loves to track back and get the ball and then run at full backs, and he can do that all game on the flank, leaving the goal scoring to someone more qualified ala Peter Crouch or Michael Owen.

Talking about Michael Owen, he should start over Swansea, and Stoke should go for the win from the off. Even though he has had an upturn of form, Whelan should make way for the former Real Madrid and Manchester United striker and Pulis should go 4-4-2.

GK- Begovic

RB- Cameron CB- Shawcross (C) CB- Huth LB-Wilson

RM- Walters CM- N`Zonzi CM- Adam LM- Kightly

ST- Crouch ST- Owen

With this formation, Stoke will still have to do what they last season against the Swans and bully them just like Everton did last week and not let them play their usual passing game. The Potters will also need to defend from the front and make the Swansea defenders look stupid by pinning them into their own corners after goal kicks, etc, just like last season.

What we haven`t seen from a Stoke full back under the Pulis regime, but have started to see now in our American full back Cameron, is overlapping of the winger. Cameron did this to good effect over Chelsea and he needs to continue to do this to give Stoke an extra dimension.

The Swansea game is a must win for the Potters, the recent play has been very promising but not rewarding, and the tide has to change in this fixture because it will be very tough to stop the rot at Old Trafford and Anfield.

Prediction

I think Stoke will be too strong in front of their own fans and will come away comfortbable winners' against a Swansea side that have had a promising start to the season.

Score: 2-0

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Lloyd Reddin
Date:Friday September 28 2012
Time: 12:47PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Stoke City Articles

Starting eleven vs Sunderland: Five changes

Hughes makes five changes for today's game

A Mixed Bag Of Injuries For Stoke City FC

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Stoke City FC and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Stoke - PL 2016/17 Fixture Release Date

The Premier League have today confirmed the date where Stoke City will find out their fixture list for the 2016/17 season.

Who Will Stoke City Face In 2016/17 (26/4/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Archived Vital Stoke Articles

Vital Stoke articles from

Site Journalists

Lloyd Reddin
Editor email
Profile
Tom Barker
no email
Profile
Matthew Forrester
no email
Profile
Phil Williams
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v Sunderland
Suggested By:
Haugaard50%
Bardsley0%
Shawcross0%
Cameron0%
Pieters0%
Whelan0%
Imbula0%
Adam50%
Shaqiri0%
Arnautovic0%
Crouch0%
Walters0%
Diouf0%
Muniesa0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 35 19 12 4 69 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
10 Chelsea 34 12 11 11 47 7
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Stoke City Results (view all)

Stoke City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League