Championship title-winners Reading make their Premier League return when they host Stoke at the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday. The Royals enjoyed a majestic second half of the 2011/12 season as they racked up 15 wins in their final 20 matches to clinch the league title ahead of long-time leaders Southampton. It capped a remarkable two-and-a-half seasons at the helm for manager Brian McDermott, who was a virtual unknown when he was appointed to replace the sacked Brendan Rodgers. Despite the considerable wealth of their new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich, Reading were not flash with their cash over the summer and - for a relatively modest outlay - seven new players arrived. The big name signing is Pavel Pogrebnyak, stolen from under the noses of Fulham, where he shone on loan last spring.
Another manager who has worked wonders is Stoke's Tony Pulis, with the Welshman having turned the Potters into an established top-flight club alongside an FA Cup final appearance and a Europa League campaign. Last season's 14th-place finish was Stoke's worst since returning to England's top division and Pulis has fine-tuned his squad on a limited budget during the summer as he bids to break back into the top 10.
• Reading conceded the highest percentage of goals from set pieces of any team in the 2011-12 Championship (42%).
• Stoke scored the highest proportion of goals from set pieces of any team in the 2011-12 Premier League (58%).