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Mixed bag for Stoke at start of the season

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Stoke have been handed a stern test to begin the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League campaign with Chelsea travelling to the Britannia Stadium on the opening day.

Away matches against newly-promoted Norwich and Roy Hodgson's West Brom follow before Liverpool are the next side to travel to the Potteries, while a trip to Sunderland is next on the agenda.

Manchester United also lie in wait before the end of October in what could prove to be a treacherous period for Tony Pulis & Co.

The Stoke boss will see the festive fixtures as three winnable games, with home matches against Aston Villa and Wigan followed by a trip to Blackburn.

Points at this stage of the season are often hard to come by, and - with encounters with Manchester United and Liverpool also in January - a good return at Christmas will be even more important.




 

FIRST FIVE FIXTURES

13/08/11 Stoke v Chelsea

20/08/11 Norwich v Stoke

27/08/11 West Brom v Stoke

10/09/11 Stoke v Liverpool

17/09/11 Sunderland v Stoke

FINAL THREE FIXTURES

28/04/12 Stoke v Arsenal

05/05/12 QPR v Stoke

13/05/12 Stoke v Bolton

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