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Saturday, 20 April 2013

QPR v Stoke City: It's do or die time for the Potters


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Stoke City are one of three teams who have only managed one win from their past 10 outings. However, whereas Sunderland's last win came last weekend giving them a huge boost, Stoke City's last win came just seven days after Reading's at the start of February and there are real fears in the Potteries that Stoke could follow the Royals back to the Championship.

Today is a massive game for Tony Pulis and his Potters. If they can't beat QPR then they could find themselves level on points with Wigan, who also have a game in hand. Sunderland will have been given a massive boost of confidence following their Tyne-Wear derby success and the Latics will all be playing for an FA Cup Final place. Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle are now in danger alongside Stoke City, but this is simply do or die for the Potters.

QPR haven't given up hope of beating the drop just yet but they need Paul Daniels, Harry Houdini and David Copperfield to come to their rescue. They are 10 points from safety with five left to play. Five wins on the bounce from a team that hasn't even won five games this season is way too much to ask for. However, they will fancy their chances against Stoke City.

The Potters came out on top when the two clashed at the Britannia back in November, but they only have one victory to their name at Loftus Road since 1974. Victory today though could move them up to 13th. Defeat though is simply unthinkable.

For QPR, a win will keep their hopes alive ahead of next weekend's visit to Reading. But can Harry Houdini work his magic and bring the storm clouds firmly over the Potters? 

QPR v Stoke City; Kick Off 3pm April 20 2013


Prediction Panel

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

1

V

1

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

1

V

0

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

1

Fulham

Neil Springate

2

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

2

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

1

V

1

Man United

Peter Johnstone

1

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

3

V

1

Norwich

Sue Read

3

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

2

V

0

Southampton

Andy Saunders

2

V

0

Stoke City

Peter Holland

3

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

3

V

1

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

1

Spurs

Adam Crawford

1

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

1

West Ham

Matt Beeby

1

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

1

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

2

V

1

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

1

V

1

Writer

Mitch Waddon

2

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

3

V

2

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

TBA    

V    

TBA

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

TBA

V

TBA

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

0

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

0

V

2

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

1

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

0

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

1

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 22; Draw: 9; Away: 1. TBA 2

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