The Potters suffered a hugely underwhelming return to the Championship after relegation from the Premier League, coming in at 16th place, despite holding on to key players in Jack Butland, Ryan Shawcross and Joe Allen, and bringing in Tom Ince, James McLean and Sam Clucas.
The club has been busy on the transfer front, bringing in more players than any club, and while at the time of writing, holding onto their top talent. They will be expected to kick on from last season’s attempts, as pressure mounts for a return to the top flight.
Stoke City Opening Fixtures
A good start for the Potteries club, welcoming QPR to the Bet365 Stadium on the opening weekend, before an away game at newly-promoted Charlton. A home derby too, well, Derby, comes before a trip up north to Preston. Home turf beckons as Leeds visit, before another local game at Birmingham City.
Stoke City Penalty Takers
Stoke endured a torrid time from the spot, as they missed 5 of their 7 opportunities. Benik Afobe scored 2 of his 3 attempts, with Berahino, Vokes, Clucas and Bojan all failing to convert.
Stoke City EFL Fantasy Picks
A staggering 18 clean sheets for England stopper Jack Butland, they will be hoping to ward off suitors before the window slams shut. The Welsh Alice band wearing Iniesta Joe Allen turned in 6 goals and 3 assists, but also 9 yellow cards. Wide man Ince produced 6 goals and 9 assists, and new striker Lee Gregory will be hoping to supply the goals with a good set of attacking talent behind him.
Stoke City Predicted Lineup
4-3-1-2: Butland; Smith, Shawcross, Batth, Martin Indi; Ince, Allen, McLean; Etebe, Gregory, Afobe