Stoke City travel to the Liberty Stadium this weekend to take on table-topping Swansea City after a turbulent week of uncertainty surrounding manager Nathan Jones.
The Potters currently sit rock-bottom of the Championship with just two points from the first 10 games.
Jones finds himself in a precarious position after their defeat to Huddersfield at home, on Tuesday evening.
Jones gave a remarkable press conference yesterday, which has raised more questions regarding the Welshman’s future at the club.
“I’m not saying we’ve played well but in pretty much seven of the 10 games we’ve had control and had more of everything,” said Jones.
“We’ve been given time because of the work we’ve done; we’ve been given time because statistically it’s got to change.
There’s no team in the Championship like us, creating as much, dominating or having as much control of football matches as we do and then losing.”
The 46-year-old is not shirking responsibilities however, saying: “I will be held accountable and I will accept that.”
“I could give you a hundred contributing factors that sometimes happen at this club that don’t happen at any others.
But I took the job on, I’m the leader and I must change that. We’ve been better than everyone really and I don’t mean that arrogantly. We just have.”
The Stoke boss even brought up Spanish top-flight side Atletico Madrid in his presser, unusually comparing the two outfits.
“People can compare us against sides in good form or teams like Atletico Madrid and how they press but we’re not quite in that position yet.”
Stoke will have to take serious note of Diego Simeone’s men’s defending if they have any chance of beating Swansea on Saturday or even staying in the Championship come May.
In contrast, Steve Cooper’s side have lost just one league game this season and are in 1st position with 21 points.
Last time out, the Swans recorded a 2-1 win away to Charlton, thanks to a winning goal from Andre Ayew.
They have scored 15 times so far in the Championship this season, conceding only seven times.
On the other hand, Stoke have only scored nine and have conceded a division high of 21.
Speaking about the match, Jones said: “We had enough chances and with a bit more quality, cutting edge and composure we would have won the game comfortably.”
The loss means that they are now winless in 13 of their last 14 matches and as such, Jones is under huge pressure.
Date – Saturday 5th October
Kick-off – 3pm
Venue – Liberty Stadium