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Carabao Cup: Stoke City v Blackpool

Stoke City v Blackpool: The Stanley Matthews Derby. 

The 2020/21 season starts this weekend as Stoke host Blackpool in the Carabao Cup. Unfortunately the game is still behind closed doors due to Covid-19, though the EFL & Sky Sports have come to an agreement meaning that all clubs can stream their own home League games at a price of £10 a game for non season ticket holders or FREE to season ticket holders.

Stoke have played Blackpool 71 times in the past winning 40% of the games.

Stoke win 29
Draw 20
Blackpool win 22

Stoke’s last win over Blackpool was back in 2009, that game was also in the League cup as Stoke came back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 with Andy Griffin scoring the winning goal in the 90th minute. That goal by the way was the last goal Stoke have scored past Blackpool, Stoke have draw a blank in the two games since.

Saturday’s game could be a hard one to predict as no one can see what team Stoke will field having only been back in full training for a number of weeks. 

Blackpool like Stoke have a number of new faces, just like Stoke they have all be free transfers.

Do you expect Michael O’Neill to lead Stoke to victory over Blackpool?

Stoke Sign Two from Sheffield Wednesday

Stoke sign two from Wednesday. 

Morgan Fox has joined Stoke from Sheffield Wednesday after enjoying a good season at the club. Morgan is a 26 year old Welsh international, who is a proper left back not someone who has just been made to play there. Stoke have been in need of a left back for a number of years, Fox signing means Bruno Martins Indi can go & play in his rightful position. Many will remember Morgan Fox when Stoke faced Sheffield Wednesday last Boxing Day, he got the equaliser for Sheffield as they were defeated eventually by the Potters 3-2

Steven Fletcher is the latest signing by the Potters after putting pen to paper for Stoke after interest from Celtic. Fletcher has a wealth of experience but has been plagued recently by injuries, though he did play 27 games last season scoring 13 goals and assisted two goals. Fletcher was a vital part of Sheffield Wednesday’s play and was sorely missed when not in the team, in fact Wednesday lost 12 of the 19 games he missed 

Michael O’Neill on Steven Fletcher.

“I’ve known Steven for a long time, since he first broke into the team at Hibernian. He’s a player I’ve always liked; I’ve watched his career with interest and wherever he has been he has done well and scored goals.

“I know how important he was to Sheffield Wednesday last season and it’s no coincidence that they had a difficult second half of the season when injury took Steven out of the team so I think it’s a really positive signing for us.”

Where does Fletcher fit into Stoke’s squad.

Stoke already have a tall target striker in Sam Vokes as-well as Campbell, Afobe & Gregory as recognised strikers.

It suggests that at least one of those would be leaving. Lee Gregory would be the most likely as he’s not travelled to Ireland for the pre season and his wages are on the high side.

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