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Stoke City season review 2018/19

08 July 2019 | Championship | Opinion
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Stoke City season review 2018/19

A look back at The Potters’ difficult first season back in England’s second tier.

Overview

Stoke endured an indifferent first year back in the Championship as they finished the season in 16th place. A mid-season managerial change and a record 22 draws meant The Potters struggled for consistency throughout the campaign.

Highs

A number of astute signings were made by the club in the summer transfer window. Winger James McClean joined from West Bromwich Albion for £5 million and Sam Clucas came in from Swansea city for a fee of £6 million.

Tom Ince was the most high-profile arrival, joining the club from Huddersfield Town for £10 million. Each of these players featured heavily for Stoke last season and look like being quality long-term investments for the club.

Stoke picked up a few notable wins along the way. A 0-1 away victory at eventual champions Norwich City and a 2-1 home win against 3rd place finishers Leeds United were the pick of their results.

Star performer

In a disappointing year for the club, goalkeeper Jack Butland can be proud of his efforts. The England shot stopper kept 18 clean sheets and consistently kept his team competing in games last season. If it wasn’t for his endeavour many of Stoke’s draws could have easily been losses.

What went wrong?

Stoke didn’t score anywhere near enough goals last term. Netting just 45 times, only relegated Ipswich Town and Bolton Wanderers scored fewer goals and this clearly correlates to the team drawing nearly half of their Championship games.

Gary Rowett was sacked as manager of the club in January 2019 after a wretched first half of the season. Luton Town’s Nathan Jones was brought in to try and get some results but it was more of the same for Stoke as they only managed 3 wins under their new boss.

The Potters only managed back to back Championship wins once all season. This sort of form is unacceptable for a team looking to mount a serious challenge to finish in the top 6 come the end of the campaign.

One to watch

Tom Edwards made 27 Championship appearances for Stoke in 2018/19. The highly-rated 20-year-old right-back was as reliable as anyone last season and will be hoping to continue to get regular game time for the first team next year. His efforts also saw him rewarded with caps for the England under-20s.

Next season

Turning draws into victories will be Jones’ main aim next season. If Stoke can manage this and keep hold of players such as Butland and Edwards, it will surely make a huge difference to their league position next year.

Predictions for Championship

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Aston VillaDerby County
27/05/2019 15:00
1
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Leeds UnitedDerby County
15/05/2019 19:45
1
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West BromwichAston Villa
14/05/2019 20:00
2
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Aston VillaWest Bromwich
11/05/2019 12:30
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England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 94 46 27 13 6 93 57 36
2. Sheffield United 89 46 26 11 9 78 41 37
3. Leeds United 83 46 25 8 13 73 50 23
4. West Bromwich 80 46 23 11 12 87 62 25
5. Aston Villa 76 46 20 16 10 82 61 21
6. Derby County 74 46 20 14 12 69 54 15
7. Middlesbrough 73 46 20 13 13 49 41 8
8. Bristol City 70 46 19 13 14 59 53 6
9. Nottingham Forest 66 46 17 15 14 61 54 7
10. Swansea City 65 46 18 11 17 65 62 3
11. Sheffield Wednesday 64 46 16 16 14 60 62 -2
12. Hull City 62 46 17 11 18 66 68 -2
13. Brentford 61 45 16 13 16 72 59 13
14. Preston North End 61 46 16 13 17 67 67 0
15. Blackburn Rovers 60 46 16 12 18 64 69 -5
16. Stoke City 55 46 11 22 13 45 52 -7
17. Birmingham City 52 46 14 19 13 64 58 6
18. Wigan Athletic 52 46 13 13 20 51 64 -13
19. QPR 51 46 14 9 23 53 71 -18
20. Reading 47 46 10 17 19 49 66 -17
21. Millwall 44 46 10 14 22 48 64 -16
22. Rotherham 40 46 8 16 22 52 83 -31
23. Bolton Wanderers 32 45 8 8 29 29 77 -48
24. Ipswich Town 31 46 5 16 25 36 77 -41

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