Potters Stoked With Strong Start

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Jon Walters is yet to find the back of the net this season. Image courtesy of sport.msn.co.uk
Mark Hughes had an ordinary time of things at Loftus Road last season but his time with QPR might just end up being a blot on his copybook given the way he has rejuvenated a stale Stoke City this season. While they were an effective outfit under Tony Pulis, especially at home at Britannia Stadium, the Potters are playing far more attractive football this season, although there was a hiccup last weekend when downed 3-1 by in-form Arsenal.

On the other hand, Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is under increasing pressure after a spending spree over the summer hasn’t translated in to results on the pitch. The Canaries have just four points from five games after bringing in the likes of Nathan Redmond, Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer and Ricky van Wolfswinkel. Hughton has eked out just four wins from his side in its last 21 starts, and with matches to come in the immediate future against Chelsea and Arsenal, he desperately needs points this weekend.

Norwich has been poor on the road under Hughton having lost five of their last seven away from Carrow Road. They’re yet to score on their travels after going down 1-0 to a ten-man Hull City and 2-0 to Tottenham.

Stoke won the corresponding match 1-0 last season and the Potters have taken the three points the last five times the Canaries have visited Britannia Stadium.

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