Hull City vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

Hull City vs Stoke City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Players

On August 24th, Mark Hughes Stoke City side travel to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City.  The two sides had opposite fortunes on the opening day of the season, with Hull sneaking a 1-0 win and Stoke suffering a 1-0 loss.  This match will have two former Manchester United Stalwarts facing off on the touchline in Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes.  These two teams will both likely be in the relegation scrap this season and it is always …
Stoke City vs Fulham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Stoke City vs Fulham Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On May third, Fulham travel to the Britannia to take on Stoke City.  This is no less than a must win game for Fulham.  After they let two crucial points slip against Hull City, Fulham must win this game against Stoke to keep any hope of staying in the Premier League alive.  Stoke City, on the other hand, have been safe for a while.  Mark Hughes is looking for a top half finish in his first season at the Britannia. …
Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City 1 Stoke 0 | Post-Match Stats and Tactical Analysis

Manchester City edged past Stoke with a narrow but crucial victory which has allowed them to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Yaya Toure struck with 20 minutes left to play after being moved forward into attacking central midfield, leaving Stoke hovering precariously above the relegation zone. With regards to the system that Manuel Pellegrini went with, I will risk sounding like a football 'hipster' and say that this was a 4-2-2-2 formation. This is not …
Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke City 3 Liverpool 5 | Post-Match Stats & Tactical Analysis

Stoke and Liverpool played out an incredible thriller, full of goals, end to end action and some controversial decisions. After being 2-0 up, Liverpool failed to kill the intensity and fire of the game - eventually turning it into a scoring contest and having to out-fire Stoke in order to get a rare win at the Britannia. Stoke Mark Hughes used Charlie Adam as an unorthodox number 10 against his old club, and he actually played higher up the field …
Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

Manager Index Double Update | Rodgers flies up table, Wenger still top

A double update this week, broken down into each week. Week 15 A bumper number of overall points scored this week with 253 points, the highest tally for 8 weeks.  Many of these points were awarded as a result of  a couple of the big boys being turned over and some other surprising results. Mark Hughes' win over Chelsea at home earned him a huge 35 points this week, Hughtons away win at West Brom was worth 34 points and …
Stoke City Vs Chelsea Preview | Key Players, Stats & Team News

Stoke City Vs Chelsea Preview | Key Players, Stats & Team News

Chelsea continue their travels away from Stamford Bridge with a visit to Mark Hughes’ Stoke, who are struggling to turn performances into points. ‘A new dawn at Stoke!’ were the cries in the summer, but as we reach the first (full) weekend of December the club sits in 14th place and 4 points above the relegation zone. Obviously, changing the playing style at any club takes a period of time that is not always afforded to managers in modern-day football, …
Manchester United Vs Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Manchester United Vs Stoke City Preview | Key Men, Stats and Team News

Manchester United host Stoke City at Old Trafford on Saturday in a game that is important for both teams. United have only won one of their last four, whilst Stoke are without a win in their last five in the Premier League. For David Moyes in particular the game is important as he is without a home win in his last two league games and yet to register back to back wins in his time as manager. Stoke have been …
EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

EPL Manager Index Week 5 | Laudrup, Pellegrini & Wenger on top

What a weekend for the Premier League.  And what a weekend for the Manager Impact Index. There were some surprises, a bit of sulking and even a sacking, that, when all added up means the Manager Impact Index had its busiest weekend so far. 277 points were distributed overall, an increase of 38 points on the previous week.  When you consider that 6 of the 20 managers earned nil points (said in a poor French accent) it means that the …