Stoke City take on Bristol City this Saturday, with the Potters still looking for their first victory of the campaign.
Nathan Jones’ side have earned just one point from their opening six games and will be hoping to turn around Stoke’s fortunes at the Bet365 Stadium this coming weekend.
Lee Johnson’s Robins side are hoping to cement their place in the top six after a fairly solid start to the season.
They did face an unwanted draw against Middlesbrough last weekend, which can give the Potters hope they can get a result, but overall Johnson’s side can happy with their start to the season.
Here are two ways Nathan Jones’ side can hurt Bristol City on Saturday…
Target the youngster who has replaced Tomas Kalas
Stoke need to target the void left by Kalas that Middlesbrough capitalised on against the Robins. Taylor Moore has come in and it’s wrong to single out a youngster but he struggled to deal with the physicality of Britt Assombalonga and if he’s to play once more then Jones must play physically against the new boy.
It’s a way to hurt Bristol City, and if conditions aren’t the best there will be potential for Stoke to pile pressure on the Robins’ backline with a number of long balls. Sam Vokes, Scott Hogan and Lee Gregory could all be useful as their experience will be vital in the front line.
Use the aerial presence that they possess
Corners will be big. Bristol City have had a tendency to switch off and have conceded some very good chances from set-pieces. Moore will want to have a better game and the Potters should put one of their more physical players on him when attacking set-pieces.
It’ll be interesting to see how Jones takes charge of this fixture and whether Stoke play to Bristol City’s weaknesses rather than their own strengths. It isn’t always the thing to do, but that could find them with more success coming out of this fixture.