Stoke City will be aiming to build upon their recent victory over Swansea City by securing a positive result against Fulham at the bet365 Stadium this weekend.
Following a dismal start to the 2019/20 campaign under manager Nathan Jones, the Potters sealed all three points against the Jacks in dramatic fashion earlier this month.
With the game seemingly heading towards a draw following goals from Andre Ayew and Sam Clucas, Stoke snatched victory in the 90th minute as Scott Hogan fired past goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Currently bottom of the Championship standings, the Potters could close the gap between them and safety on Saturday by securing victory over Scott Parker’s side on Saturday.
Here, we take a look at three ways that Stoke could disrupt Fulham tomorrow…
Exploit the Cottagers on the counter-attack
Considering that Fulham are almost certain to dominate vast sways of possession on Saturday, Jones may find it beneficial to set up his side to counter-attack at the bet365 Stadium.
Although the Cottagers have been utterly fantastic at times this season in an attacking sense, they do tend to leave gaps at the back when searching for goals.
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If Jones opts to use the pace of Hogan and Tyrese Campbell to his advantage on Saturday, he could expose Fulham’s defensive frailties.
Overpower Fulham in the heart of midfield
Having recently changed Stoke’s formation to incorporate a diamond in the heart of midfield, Jones should stick by this particular set-up for the club’s clash with Fulham.
Providing that the likes of Peter Etebo and Badou Ndiaye can produce stand-out displays, there is every chance that the Potters could overpower the Cottagers in midfield this weekend.
If this does occur, Stoke will fancy their chances of securing a second consecutive victory in the Championship.
Utilise the guile of Hogan to their advantage
Since joining Stoke on a season-long loan from Aston Villa in August (via BBC Sport), Scott Hogan has illustrated some real signs of promise for the club.
Having recently made a decisive impact as a substitute for the Potters, the forward will be confident that he can use his guile to cause Fulham issues on Saturday.
If Jones opts to start Hogan, Stoke could benefit considerably from the former Brentford man’s presence as he will be able to offer an out ball for the club’s defenders.