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Stoke City's 2019/20 so far

QPR host Stoke City this weekend and the R’s will be looking to build on their goalless draw in south Wales on Tuesday evening.

Rangers currently in 17th place, whilst opponents Stoke sit in 21st.

Mark Warburton’s side faced the Potters on the opening day of the season, a game that the R’s run out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Jordan Hugill and Ebere Eze to get QPR’s season off to the perfect start.

Both team head into this one on the back of varying results last time out, with Rangers seeing out a goalless draw away at Swansea City, whilst Stoke suffered defeat at home to Preston North End.

Stoke currently sit just above the relegation places in 21st and will be looking to push up the table come May.

End-of-season target

Following relegation from the Premier League in 2018, Stoke City have struggled to pick up any sort of form, with managers being chopped and changed to try and help see the Potters return to England’s top division.

A poor first half to this campaign has seen Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill replace Nathan Jones in the hot seat.

Northern Irishman O’Neill has now been in charge of the Potters for 18 games and has been able to claim victory on eight occasions, tasting defeat the same number of times.

Following a poor start to the season, Stoke have lingered above the relegation zone and will be looking to have a positive end to the campaign to move clear of the drop and avoid relegation down to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1992.

Best result

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Stoke City: 20th January 2020

Sky Bet Championship strugglers Stoke claimed an unexpected victory at league leaders West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Tyrese Campbell’s early first-half strike.

The young striker's fifth goal in nine league games was enough to keep the Potters above the relegation zone as they continued their resurgence under new manager Michael O’Neill.

England international goalkeeper Jack Butland was able to recapture the inspired form that saw him called up to the national side and as a result the former Birmingham City keeper was able to retain his clean sheet come the full-time whistle.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, substitute Campbell sealed the victory when he slotted Thomas Ince’s cros home, leaving Sam Johnstone in the Baggies net helpless. The hosts tried to get back into with Matty Phillips, Mattheus Periera and Jake Livermore all having efforts on goal, but it was Stoke’s Lee Gregory who could’ve wrapped the victory up but he was denied.

However, O’Neill’s side were able to hold onto the win and claim their second of victory of 2020.  

Super signing

Tom Ince

Son of former England star Paul Ince, wide man Tom Ince has felt the weight of constant comparisons to his famous footballing father since his arrival on the big stage at Blackpool in the Premier League.

The now 28-year-old has failed to settle at one place during his relatively short career, with Stoke City being his eighth club since permanently leaving hometown club Liverpool in 2011.

The 28-year-old moved to the Potteries in 2018 and has become a key part of Stoke’s side, notching up an impressive amount of appearances in the red and white stripes.

Having represented England at every level up to under 21, Ince has made 29 appearances in the Stoke’s attack this season, scoring two goals.