Stoke City FanZoner Tim Ward says the Potters' recent good form is all built around the Britannia.
Stoke's home form is key to their climb up the table
It's amazing how quickly a season can turn after just a short run of games. Everton and Newcastle were both having good starts to the season - but have now only won one game each in their last six; Norwich have gone have seven undefeated - winning four home games on the trot and now, Stoke City find themselves behind only Manchester United in the form table, with 13 points from the last 15 available, with the best defence in the league and 9th in the table.
It wasn't always this good - up to the Swansea City match at the Britannia Stadium, the Potters had only won one game all season and a defeat in that match would've had plenty in the Potteries worry about the season ahead. We needn't have worried.
Since that Swansea match at the end of September, only Manchester United and the in-form Norwich have beaten Tony Pulis' men, and their most recent match was an away win at West Bromwich Albion - a first away victory since January. As seemingly with every recent City season, the bedrock for the campaign is built on home form and a strong defence.
Stoke have only conceded two goals at the Britannia this season (Manchester City have conceded six), and the Potters have yet to be beaten at home. In fact, the Potters have only lost three in the league - the same as Man Utd and Chelsea.
But the change in recent form - a mix of miserly defending and the annual away win at the Hawthorns - could easily change again in a moment. Stoke's fixtures for the rest of 2012 are Aston Villa (a), Everton (h), Spurs (a), Liverpool (h) and Southampton (h) and all three of those home games are winnable, while the Potters have had recent success at White Hart Lane and who knows which Aston Villa will turn up on the day.
Eight points from those games seems a realistic and achievable target and would see the Potters on 30 points on January 1st. From there, that yet-to-happen top ten finish would be a very reachable goal. But, as fans of Everton, Newcastle, Norwich and even Chelsea can tell you - form comes and goes.