Stoke City boss Mark Hughes needs to significantly improve his current run of taking just 12 points from his last 22 games as a manager if he is to avoid the tag of being responsible for relegating two different Premier League clubs in consecutive seasons.
Hughes has an uphill task to arrest his decline as a gaffer and punters should be absolutely hammering into the 4/1 available for hapless Stoke to fall through the Premier League trapdoor.
If Hughes continues picking up points at this current ratio, Stoke will end the season with just 30 points.
From his last 22 games as a manager, spread over the latter stages of his spell at QPR and his early days as Stoke manager, the former Manchester United striker has won just two games, drawn six and lost a whopping 14 fixtures.
Hughes’ away record won’t yield many points over the course of the season.
Since exiting Blackburn five seasons ago, the former bicycle-kick specialist has only overseen eight Premier League away wins in his last 66 matches.
When in charge of QPR, Hughes’ side rarely came out from their own half on the road such was their negative philosophy.
It was a style of play that only saw a return of just two points from a possible 42 available.
Although he guided Stoke to a smash-and-grab 1-0 away win at West Ham United earlier this season, before that his last away win as a manager came in 2011 when his Fulham side beat Birmingham City 2-0 at St Andrew’s.
Stoke are also notoriously hopeless on the road.
Hughes has taken over a club that rarely gives their supporters memorable away days either.
The Potters have won just two of their last 16 Premier League away games and only scored a measly 17 goals in their last 24 away matches.