Stoke boss Tony Pulis is confident that his side are good enough to stay in the Premier League despite their recent poor form.
After earning promotion from the Championship in 2008, Pulis has enjoyed plenty of success with the Potters, guiding them to a string of comfortable mid-table finishes, as well as Europa League football in 2011 after losing that year’s FA Cup final.
However, things haven’t exactly gone to plan in recent months and the Staffordshire outfit have now won just once in their last 14 league games, a run that has seen them drop to sixteenth in the table, just three points above the relegation places with five games left and leaves punters who bet on football tipping them to go down.
Saturday sees them travel to fellow strugglers Queens Park Rangers, for a game that both sides will be desperate to win as the three points could turn out be the difference between relegation and survival.
It won’t be easy though as the R’s will go into the clash knowing defeat would almost end their chances of staying up, meaning it’s sure to be a fantastic occasion at Loftus Road.
Pulis admits that his side are in big trouble but remains upbeat and is looking forward to going head-to-head with his old friend Harry Redknapp.
“We’re having a difficult run but our supporters have been brilliant – they’ve got behind the team,” he told Premier League betting news reporters. “The players look bright and we’ve got to keep them bright, positive and focussed. We’ve struggled in both boxes of late. We’ve given poor goals away and at the other end, we’ve not taken chances.
“Harry Redknapp has always been a fighter – he’s a bit like Sir Alex, I can see him going on and on.”