Stoke City season predictions: Don’t expect similar standing to last term

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Mark Hughes is doing an excellent job remodelling Stoke City but can the Potters continue their steady progress?

Under Mark Hughes, Stoke City have gone from dour battlers to neutrals' favourites and the Britannia Stadium is becoming an exciting place to be.

Bojan Krkic's return from injury is an appetising prospect and new recruits Ibrahim Afellay, Marco van Ginkel and Moha El Ouriachi could work wonders, but how far can Stoke go?

Prediction: 12th.

Freddie Shires: Another solid campaign for Stoke, who’ll once again prove the league’s most underrated side.

Damien Lucas: Another batch of astute signings see Stoke consolidate their place as not only a good footballing side but one which can expect to finish in the top 10 in the Premier League on a regular basis.

Chris Linnell: Considering the summer investment of the Potters’ closest rivals, Mark Hughes’ side may fall short of the top ten this time round.

Olly Dawes: Stoke lost Asmir Begovic so much is expected of Jack Butland in goal. Mark Hughes' men are pushing for big signings this summer but have yet to land one, whilst Steven N'Zonzi will be a big miss.

Mathew Nash: The Potters will never be in real danger, but don’t expect similar standing to last term.

Che Thomas: Mark Hughes has been talking about a big name signing but I’ve yet to see someone to excite me if I’m a Stoke fan. The pursuit of Shaqiri, if it had come off, would have meant the Potters could have been up around seventh spot, but they have a few positions to look at, while others have strengthened.

Stephen Pickering: The Potters comfortably finished inside the top half last season, but could struggle to hit the same heights. Nevertheless, they seem to have covered up the losses of Asmir Begovic and Steven N’Zonzi adequately so shouldn’t be too far from where they finished last season. Key player: Bojan.

Tim Poole: Mark Hughes is doing a fine job, although it looks like there will always be limitations at the Britannia.

Lewis Doe: Stoke to be the standout performers of the season. Mark Hughes to whip up an energy and confidence, which makes them hard to stop.

Michael Stevenson: Ibrahim Afellay and Marco van Ginkel add yet more quality to one of the Premier League’s most underrated squads and the Potters will look to improve upon their best ever finish last season.

Billy Hawkins: Much the same as last season, Stoke will retain their status as established mid-table regulars.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Premier League campaign. We accumulated their rankings (20 points for first place, 1 for 20th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:

Chelsea

Arsenal

Manchester United

Manchester City

Liverpool

Tottenham

Everton

Southampton

West Ham United

Crystal Palace

Swansea City

Stoke City

Newcastle United

West Bromwich Albion

Aston Villa

Sunderland

Bournemouth

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Watford

Norwich City

Leicester City

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