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Scouting Report - A look at Stoke City

AHEAD of QPR's return to action against Stoke City we take a closer look at our opponents on Saturday.

Manager

Gary Rowett
Age - 44

Previous clubs managed

Burton Albion, Birmingham City, Derby County

Career High-Point

Led Burton to back-to-back play-off finishes in League Two and Derby County to a play-off finish last season in the Championship.

Preferred managerial style

Usually attacking but has been more defensive this season.

Managerial record at Stoke

Games 19 Wins 6 Draws 7 Lost 6

Gary Rowett’s record against QPR

Games 5 Wins 2 Draws 2 Lost 1

Formation and tactical approach

Stoke have looked at their best most recently playing in a 4-3-3 formation which has provided the right balance between attack and defence. They have plenty of attacking options and a wealth of experience in the middle of the park. Defensively the Potters struggled at the start of this campaign but have improved of late keeping four clean sheets in their last six games.

Last game and performance

Rowett's side held Nottingham Forest to a 0-0 draw at the City Ground. The contest was even for most of the 90 minutes and a point apiece was a fair scoreline. 

Key Player

Ryan Woods – Vitally important as one of the midfield three, Woods role is to distribute the ball simply and effectively to help the Potters start attacks.

One to Watch

Bojan Krkić – He might have to settle for a place on the bench but don’t underestimate the talent of the former Barcelona man, who has the ability to produce game-changing moments.