Stoke's Championship life since being relegated out of the Premier League after 10 seasons has been nothing short of disastrous, with the club fighting to avoid League One more than they have done in fighting for the play-offs.
The Potters have been lacking talent across the pitch, as the 2018/19 top scorer Benik Afobe bagged just nine league goals in their first season back in the second tier, whilst the club's 2019/20 top marksman, Sam Clucas, netted just 11 a year later.
At the same time, Stoke have had seven managers since moving back into the Championship and the club have never looked like returning to the Premier League ever since. Now, however, with their 23 league goals being the fifth-highest in the Championship, Stoke having seemingly got the blueprint right this year with a blend of proven Championship talent and young, promising players with a point to prove.
Championship veteran, Steven Fletcher, has four goals already for his new club, whilst 20-year-old Tyrese Campbell is the club's top scorer this season with six, just as former Premier League start Nick Powell has four.
It's not just Stoke's turn around in talent that's been the difference, however, it's the clubs efforts against those also battling for promotion. The Potters have beaten both Reading and Bristol City already, whilst also losing to Watford by a stoppage-time goal.
Now, Stoke are priced at 11/8 to finish inside the top six.