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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