Stoke City make their return to Championship action tomorrow following in the international break as they host Fulham at the bet365 Stadium.
The Potters, who are currently bottom of the second-tier, will be aiming to build upon their recent victory over Swansea City by securing a positive result against the Cottagers.
With manager Nathan Jones still under a considerable amount of pressure to deliver the goods, it will be intriguing to see how he sets his side up on Saturday.
Given that Fulham are expected to be challenging for a top-six finish this season after their relegation from the top-flight earlier this year, Stoke know that they will have to be on top-form if they are to clinch victory.
Here, we take a look at THREE things that we expect to see in the Potters’ clash with Fulham tomorrow…
Plenty of goals
When you consider that Stoke and Fulham have scored a combined total of 31 league goals during the 2019/20 campaign, it would be incredibly surprising if Saturday’s clash ends in a stalemate.
Will Stoke City beat Fulham this weekend?
Whilst Sam Clucas and Scott Hogan will be aiming to add their individual goal tallies, the Potters will have to be wary of Aleksandar Mitrovic who has already found the back of the net on eight occasions for Fulham this season.
Providing that both sides show a willingness to attack, the supporters in attendance at the bet365 Stadium may witness an enthralling encounter.
A battle for supremacy in the heart of midfield
With Jones opting to utilise four central midfielders in the club’s victory over Swansea, it would be somewhat of a shock if he alters his game plan on Saturday.
If the likes of Clucas, Peter Etebo and Badou Ndiaye can dominate the battle in the heart of midfield tomorrow, the Potters may be able to achieve a relative amount of success against Fulham.
Another crushing home defeat for Stoke
Whilst Stoke will be hoping to put on a show in front of their own supporters this weekend, they may end up suffering another crushing defeat at the bet365 Stadium.
Considering that Scott Parker has an abundance of attacking talent at his disposal at Fulham, his side could prove to be too strong for the Potters.
If Stoke do lose to the Cottagers, Jones will be hoping that his players can deliver a response to this setback in their clash with Sheffield Wednesday next Tuesday.