‘Precarious’ – Stoke City relegation would come as no surprise says Sky Sports pundit


Sky Sports pundit David Prutton says it would not be a great shock to see Stoke City fall into League One next season, describing their position in the Championship as precarious.

The Potters are currently two points above the dotted line and could fall into the relegation zone this evening should Middlesbrough win at home to Nottingham Forest.

Th club are on course for their lowest league finish since 2003, but with Luton Town now somehow finding form a the foot of the table, Prutton has said that it would not be unbelievable to see them storm clear of relegation with Middlesbrough, Huddersfield and the Potters making up one of the most high profile relegation trios in recent memory.

The Hatters will consider their draw with Stoke as a strong point as they stopped one of their fellow survival hopefuls from gaining any ground.

“I do, given how close the league is and how precarious the team hovering above the bottom three seem to be,” said Prutton, speaking to Sky Sports EFL podcast when asked if Luton could pull off the greatest of escapes.

“We talk about there being a massive gap between the Championship and the Premier League, but there is a big gap appearing between League One and the Championship – and they lost two of their best players at full-back.

“They are dragging the teams above them back into it and they are giving themselves a fighting chance.

“They are close enough to taste safety but it does not matter until they are there and above it after the final game of the season.”

James Chester (far right) looks suitably forlorn after Luton’s equaliser

He added: “If the bottom three ended up being Boro, Stoke and Huddersfield, it would not be unbelievable because it is so wide open. We did not know just how close it was going to be at the bottom.”

Luton have won three of their last five games, drawing one, have seen the chasm between themselves and safety reduced to just five points.

Michael O’Neil’s side, meanwhile, have remained on a somewhat steady run themselves and are unbeaten in three games.

Next up for the Potters are fellow relegation fighters Hull City in a game that would see Stoke leapfrog their rivals with a win to seriously boost their survival hopes.





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