Stoke City is Going Down

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  1. Lyle

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    If they play the hollywood ball that I have heard they have, if they look like Watford did two years ago, then all I can say is don't let the trap door hit you on the ass on the way down.

    This could be a case of famous last words, but no one could be as bad as Derby
     
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  3. Lyle

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    They probably can. I imagine they'll just defend, defend, defend... all season long. There's not much they can probably do. They don't have the budget for new players and even if they spend, they're still likely to go down. Keeping the same team intact might be for the best for Stoke.

    Hull is making a real attempt to stay up though, which is bad for Fulham but good for the overall competitiveness of the league.
     
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    Agreed -- I've been impressed with what Hull have been trying to do -- already they have done more than Derby did last summer. I still think they will go down but they won't embarrass themselves
     
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    Agreed -- I've been impressed with what Hull have been trying to do -- already they have done more than Derby did last summer. I still think they will go down but they won't embarrass themselves
     
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    Of course, I'd think that the playoff winning CCC side is always the favorite to finish bottom in the Prem the next season. In the case of Derby last year and Watford the year before, they got promoted earlier than their "five year plans" called for. I think Derby screwed up when they fired their manager and Watford was shot when their only Prem-quality striker went down for the season in the fall. In either case, though, neither of them were likely to survive in any case, and neither are Hull this season.

    If Stoke can't get anyone to come play for them, then only WBA looks like staying up. Based upon what the Brits on this site think of tier supporters, I don't think many in SW6 will be sorry if City do go down.
     
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    I think Stoke will probably go down. But they will go down like Sheffield United went down: on the last day with a chance to stay up.

    The Blades were an extremely physical football club and took advantage of the finesse aspects of many Premier League clubs at Bramall Lane. Stoke have the same kind of club and are reducing the size of their pitch to the league minimum.

    I think Kitson gives them a guy who can score in double figures in the Premier League. His physical presence fits in well with the rest of the Potters. All I'm waiting for now is to see who will be first of the big four managers to whinge about
    Stoke's style. My bet is on Wenger.

    Like Sheffield United, they'll get their points at the Britannia. If they can get anything out of their away form, then they actually stand a good shot at survival.
     
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    sounds like a brand of soccer I won't be fond of watching....

    West Brom, however, seems to score in droves. If the Baggies stay up - who goes down instead?
     
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    Bolton
     
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    Sunderland...
     
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    Sunderland wouldn't dare go down; imagine what Keane would do to the players if that happened? No, it'll be a case of "we'd better stay up or the gaffer will kick our arses!" :)
     
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    I think Sunderland could go down as well. They don't have a lot of talent in their squad and they are finding it difficult to woo players to the Northeast. They probably won't go down and probably shouldn't, but they are definitely still in the relegation mix.

    I think West Brom and Hull will be okay and at least Stoke is now trying to add a few decent players.

    Should be a fun season. Fulham, once again, will definitely have to fight hard to stay clear of relegation
     
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    Sunderland had a horrific run of luck with injuries last year, and with Jones down in a pre-season friendly against England, that's not getting any better. However,

    I'm thinking Stoke, Hull, Bolton in reverse order.
     
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  14. Lyle

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    That's a pretty good guess. I'd say Stoke, Hull, West Brom, Bolton, and Sunderland are the most likely to go down. Fulham, Wigan, Blackburn and Middlesbrough are probably close enough to the bottom to get dragged down as well, but should survive.
     
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