Premier League 2014/15 Season Review: Stoke City

Premier League Final Position: 9th 

Review

Stoke City equalled their highest ever Premier League position of 9th, beating last seasons points tally of 50, with 54. Mark Hughes has been transforming Stoke from a long-ball side to a ball playing side and this season has been very respectable. They have been very difficult to play against at the Britannia and have beaten; Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, Everton and Arsenal at home. Impressively, they won away at Manchester City and did the double over Spurs.

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Best Moment

Beating Liverpool 6-1 on the final day – what an achievement this was for Stoke. To be leading at 5-0 was quite possibly the most surprising moment of the Premier League season. It showed how they have the ability to exploit a side on the back-foot and was a great way to cap off a good season.

Worst Moment

Losing 2-1 to Burnley at home. This was a disappointing result for Mark Hughes, conceding two goals in as many minutes isn’t just poor defending but it also shows a lack of concentration.

Player of the Year

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Charlie Adam – the Scottish midfielder enjoyed another good campaign, scoring seven goals and registering one assist. He played a pivotal role in the midfield and showed his ability to provide the unthinkable with his wonder goal against Chelsea.

Biggest Win 

Stoke City 6-1 Liverpool (May 24, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Arsenal 3-0 Stoke City (Jan 11, 2015)
Stoke City 1-4 Manchester City (Feb 11, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Stoke need to start avoiding defeats to sides lower in the table if they are to improve on 54 points. Coming 9th is a great achievement and any improvement on that will be another great season.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke vs Manchester City

Stoke City vs. Manchester City – Premier League

Venue: Britannia Stadium – Wednesday, February 11th – 19:45

Match Odds: Stoke 15/4 – Draw 11/4 – Manchester City 7/10

Stoke take on Manchester City at the Britannia on Wednesday night with the Potters aiming to complete a historic double against the current champions for the first time in Premier League history.

Mark Hughes watched his Stoke side beat the Citizens 1-0 at the Etihad back in August and he will now have his team fully focused on trying to take another three points from his former club.

Manchester City come into the game in very poor form by their high standards as they haven’t won a Premier League game in four and have only scored three in their last five in all competitions.

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Manuel Pellegrini watched his side battle back to earn a late point at home to Hull on Saturday in another poor result but City fans will hope James Milner’s stoppage time free-kick can inspire them to turn things around quickly.

City are seven points behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race going into the game and cannot afford to let the Blues gain any more of an advantage if they are to reclaim the title come May.

Stoke come into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Sunday and the Potters have only lost one league game in seven now.

Stoke City’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 5 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4

Mark Hughes’ side are in their best form of the season and the home fans will fully expect to take something from the game, having only lost one of their last six at the Britannia in all competitions.

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Stoke’s win against Manchester City at the start of the season stunned the champions and a Stoke victory in this one would see them complete the double against City for the first time in the Premier League era.

Manchester City’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 4 – Lost 1

Manchester City have only lost once away from home in the league all season in a 2-1 loss at West Ham and know they cannot afford to lose this one and that should make this an exciting contest.

Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure still remain out as they have yet to return from the African Cup of Nations and City have not won a game this season without Toure in the side.

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Peter Odemwingie, Bojan, Erik Pieters and Ryan Shawcross are all out for Stoke while former City man Stephen Ireland is also likely to miss the game.

Stoke City’s last five in the Premier League: D/L/W/W/D

Manchester City’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/L/D/D

Key Stat: Manchester City have never won at Stoke in the Premier League in six previous attempts (D5 L1).

Key Player: Mame Biram Diouf – The Senegalese forward returned from the African Cup of Nations in Sunday’s draw with Newcastle and his goal at the Etihad earlier in the season will still be in the minds of City fans and players alike.

Score Prediction: Stoke City 1–1 Manchester City – Can City do it on a cold Wednesday night in Stoke? No is probably the answer.