Stoke City host Watford at the Bet365 Stadium for the twelfth round of the Championship campaign. The Potters look like they are recovering from their poor start to the league. They have won two and lost one of their last five, conceding a goalless draw in their most recent encounter against QPR. They tend to show up at home however, losing just once in their last seven games. Stoke’s tradition against the Hornets is also not the strongest, having beaten them just once in their last seven games.
Another infamous chapter in the ruthless record of Watford owner Gio Pozzo has been written. At one point tipped as the person who would end the hire and fire cultures that doomed the club so many times, Rob Edwards was shockingly fired after eleven games despite having Watford just a point away from the play-off places. Admittedly, the Hornets did not have the most electric of starts this season. They have won just three of their first ten league games, having tasted victory just once in their last eight encounters. With regards to their away form, Watford are winless in their last nine, failing to score in four of these. On the bright side, they tend to enjoy a trip down Stoke on Trent, having emerged as victors in four of their last seven travels there.