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Potters will stay up, says Smith

Denis Smith
Seventies legend Denis Smith spent 15 years as a player with the Potters

Stoke City legend Denis Smith believes the Potters will stay in the Premier League this season.

Smith, who now works as a summariser for BBC Radio Stoke, said: "I think they will be bottom half but not bottom three, and that's good enough.

"They've got enough about them and enough ammunition to cause teams problems and pick up the points they will need."

Smith, 60, played over 500 games for the Potters between 1967 and 1982.

The former York City, Sunderland, Bristol City, West Bromwich Albion, Oxford United and Wrexham manager believes it will be the Potters' home form that will carry them to Premier League survival.

"The Britannia Stadium is already getting a reputation as a place where teams don't want to play," said Smith.

"That's what Stoke want. They will pick enough points at home to make sure they are safe this season and then they can go on and build for next season."


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