Following the appointment of 39-year-old Schumacher as a permanent successor for the departed Alex Neil, Stoke have collected a solid four points from their last three Championship fixtures, with Monday’s hosts earning a 1-1
draw at Valerien Ismael’s Watford on Friday night.Former West Bromwich Albion captain Jake Livermore opened the scoring for the Hornets in the 15th minute, but the Potters
were able to hit back prior to the half-time whistle in order to force a share of the points, with Ryan Mmaee netting his third strike of the second-tier campaign.After a steady beginning
to life under the leadership of Schumacher, Stoke have moved up slightly to 19th in the Championship standings with 28 points from 25 games, possessing a seven-point advantage over Marti Cifuentes’s QPR who
occupy the highest of the relegation places.The Potters have failed to win any of their last five matches at the bet365 Stadium ahead of welcoming promotion-chasing
Ipswich to Staffordshire on Monday, with the Midlands side’s most recent success in front of their own supporters coming against Daniel Farke’s Leeds United on October 25.
After a run of four-straight victories in the Championship up until December 12, the festive cheer has run out on the blue side of East Anglia, with Ipswich Town now four games without a win following a shock 0-0 draw against QPR at Portman Road in their final fixture of 2023.
Having won just one of their last five second-tier contests, Kiernan McKenna’s Tractor Boys have slipped to eight points behind league leaders Leicester City and just three points ahead of third-placed Southampton, who are enjoying a remarkable 17-game unbeaten streak under Russell Martin.
Ipswich’s usual starting XI has been hampered by injuries and the congested nature of the fixture schedule over Christmas, but the required changes have allowed the likes of Cameron Humphreys and Dominic Ball rare chances in the side recently, albeit without helping the team return maximum points