LIAM MACKEY: What’s luck got to do with it?

They’re coming home, they’re coming home, the footballers are coming home… Well, to their home from home at any rate, the heroes and villains, the few triumphant and the many also-rans, all back from a sensational month in Russia and returning to what nobody ever calls the ‘bread and butter’ of the Premier League (#notthegreatestleagueintheworldbutwedontcallitthateither).

Stoke players show their dejection after their defeat to Crystal Palace saw them relegated from the Premier League last May.

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