If I had said that three years ago, you probably would have laughed at me, however, I am sure many of you now agree with me.
There is certainly no second season syndrome at the Britannia stadium. Saturday’s victory over Tottenham leaves Stoke City in a healthy 9th place in the Premier League, just three points off a Europa League spot.
It may be early days, but you must admit, at the rate they’re going, Tony Pulis can definitely lead Stoke into Europe.
Just like last season, Stoke’s home form has been outstanding this time around. They have beaten the likes of West Ham and Sunderland at home and despite being comfortably beaten by Manchester United, they were unlucky not to get anything from their game against Chelsea.
Bar a 4-0 hammering against Liverpool, Stoke’s haven’t been beaten on the road this season. Draws away to Everton, Bolton and Birmingham as well as the 1-0 victory on Saturday at White Hart Lane has seen Stoke earn six points away from home this season, which is over half the amount of points they won away from the Britannia last season.
Stoke are currently a 12/1 shot on Betfair to finish in the top six this season and in my opinion, that represents a bit of value.
What do you think? Can Stoke really make it into Europe this season?