Five Key Matches
v Manchester City (H) on August 21
Can Pep Guardiola do it on a (probably) cold, (probably) wet night (okay, afternoon) in Stoke? In just his second Premier League game in charge, City’s new manager will face the ultimate UK test!
v Manchester United (A) on October 2
Stoke have improved their away stats. This will be one of their first big challenges on the road in 2016/17 to see if they can match it with the big boys.
v Burnley (H) on December 4
In a horror month for the Potters that includes Arsenal, Leicester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, this is one they must win.
v Middlesbrough (H) on March 5
Another tricky month with Manchester City (A) and Chelsea (H) so they’ll need to bank all three points against promoted Boro.
v Arsenal (H) on May 14
Their last home game of the season could prove vital if Hughes’s men (and the Gunners) are fighting for a European spot.
SBS Host Lucy Zelic's Prediction: 9th
Last season Mark Hughes steered Stoke to ninth place, where they have finished three years in a row. These days they’re less associated with cold windy nights and more with quality talent like Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan Krkic and Marko Arnautovic. Pencil them in for ninth.