Premier League Relegation Race: Why Stoke City Are Going Down

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Premier League Relegation Race: Why Stoke City Are Going Down
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Stoke City have five games left to try and preserve their Premier League status.

The Potters have been in the top flight since the 2008-09 season, but time is starting to run out on their five-year stay.

The gap to the relegation zone is only three points and, with escape-artists Wigan having two games in hand, Stoke know unless they turn their form around, a return to the championship beckons.

The relegation race usually involves a side that drops down into contention from a position of apparent safety.

It happened to Birmingham City in 2011 and Newcastle in 2009. 

In 2012-13, it looks like it will be Stoke City.

Here are the reasons why.

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