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David Prutton predicts the outcome of Nathan Jones’ first game with Stoke City

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Griffin Park is the venue for Stoke City’s trip to face Brentford this weekend as the Championship campaign resumes.

The second tier was on hold last weekend to facilitate the hotly anticipated third round of the FA Cup as it does every January.

But attention for both sides turns back to matters for points rather than cup progression.

Nathan Jones will be taking charge of his first game of the Potters tomorrow when his side travel to the capital looking for their first win in four matches as they languish 14th in the division.

Thomas Frank’s men are hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five matches, but halt a run of three successive draws in the process.

The Bees are just six points off the relegation zone, with Stoke eight off the play-offs, so both teams are in need of the points for different reasons.

Ahead of the game, Sky Sports enlisted the help of pundit David Prutton to cast his eye over this particular fixture.

The EFL presenter said: “Brentford aren’t winning enough games yet, but at least they have arrested their slump with three draws in a row.

“Nathan Jones is coming straight in at Stoke for this one and will want to hit the ground running. I’m going to back a bit of ‘new manager bounce’ and plug for an away win, 1-2.”

The Verdict

This will be a tough test for Nathan Jones in his first game in charge of Stoke City.

Brentford have been on the up somewhat in recent weeks and will be a more than adequate test with both sides looking for the points for their own reasons.

Prutton has gone for an away win, but I think this will end in a draw with Jones still understanding his team and the Bees doing enough to stay level, but not enough to secure all three points.

Thoughts? Let us know! 

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