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Stoke Aim to make it eight games unbeaten at Villa Park as they take on Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup

Match Preview:  Aston Villa Versus Stoke


Aston Villa have had a good start to this season league campaign managing two win out of two and sit 4th in the Premier league, Villa are still to concede a goal in the league. Villa have not lost a game since July, 9 games in total.


Stoke on the other hand have had an indifferent start to their league campaign, having won, drew & lost one of their 3 games so far. One stand out point is Stoke have only conceded in one game of their 5 league and cup outings against Top of the Table Bristol City.


How do we usually fair versus Aston Villa


Stoke have played Villa 117 times in the past with the Birmingham side coming out on top in nearly half of the encounters, though recently Stoke have started getting the better of the games.


Stoke Wins 34
Draws 32
Villa Wins 51


Last 10 meetings


Lost 2
Drew 3
Won 5


Last fixture at Villa Park

Our last fixture at Villa park ended in a 2-2 Draw with Kodija scoring in the 84th minute to level the game after Joe Allen & Benik Afobe seemed to have won the tie that Stoke deserved to get the 3 points from.


Season results so far

Stoke


Stoke 0-0 Blackpool
Millwall 0-0 Stoke
Wolves 0-1 Stoke
Stoke 0-2 Bristol City
Stoke 1-0 Gillingham

Preston Ne 0-1 Stoke


Aston Villa


Burton 1-3 Villa
Villa 1-0 Sheffield United
Bristol city 0-3 Villa
Fulham 0-3 Villa 


What do you expect the outcome to be versus Aston Villa?

Stoke aim to get their first league win at Deepdale. Preston v Stoke

Match Preview:  Preston North End Versus Stoke


After two league games without a win, tomorrow’s game versus Preston North End has added pressure, not ideal when our record v PNE isn’t the best.


In fact in our history of 105 meetings PNE have a far better record 


Stoke Wins 35
Draws 22
Preston Wins 48


Last 10 meetings


Lost 5
Drew 3
Won 2


Stoke have only won 4 times against Preston since the turn of the millennium 


Last fixture away at Preston


Our last fixture at Deepdale saw Jack Butland do everything possible to get a video on You’ve been Framed as his comical display saw him concede 3 goals, two of the shots wouldn’t of even tested a 10 year old never mind a supposed England international. Stoke were never at the races that game and only got a consolation late on Via James McClean.Score Preston 3-1 Stoke.


Season results so far

Stoke


Stoke 0-0 Blackpool
Millwall 0-0 Stoke
Wolves 0-1 Stoke
Stoke 0-2 Bristol City
Stoke 1-0 Gillingham 


Preston NE


Preston 4-0 Mansfield
Preston 0-1 Swansea
Derby 1-2 Preston
Norwich 2-2 Preston
Preston 0-2 Brighton 


What do you expect the outcome to be versus Preston North End?

Back to Cup action after the disappointment of Loss to Bristol City.

Match Preview:  Stoke Versus Gillingham 

Stoke versus Gillingham is not a regular fixture thank god, in fact Wednesday nights Carabao Cup game will only be the 18th time the two sides have played.

Stoke Wins 6
Drews 5
Gillingham Wins 6

Last 10 meetings


Lost 4
Drew 3
Won 3

Last fixture at the bet365 Stadium


The last time the two sides played each other at the bet365 Stadium was back in 2004 when Stoke ran out 2-0 winners in a league game. Gifton Noel Williams & Ade Akinbiyi with the goals. A notable player sat on the opposing bench that game, as future Stoke player Mama Sidibe played the last 30mins, probably a reason why we signed him.


Cup run so far


Stoke started the Carabao Cup campaign with home game versus Blackpool, Stoke were not really at the races that game and needed penalties to progress after the game finished 0-0. Second round was as far as most fans thought we’d get after drawing Wolves away, especially after seeing the strength of the team that Wolves played. Stoke delivered a near perfect defensive display with threat coming from the pace of Jacob Brown who eventually scored the winner

Gillingham started their Carabao campaign with a 1-0 win over Southend, Gillingham were hanging on at the end as they had been reduced to 10 men with 30mins to play. Reward for their win was home tie versus Championship side Coventry. The game ended 1-1 & The Gills went through via a penalty shoot out 


What do you expect the outcome to be versus Gillingham?

First League home game is here, but Still no fans. Stoke versus Bristol City

Match Preview:  Stoke Versus Bristol City

Stoke welcome Bristol City to the bet365 Stadium in our first home game of the season. Once again the government sanctions due to Covid 19 means that no fans will be present to watch the game.

Stoke have a half decent record against Bristol City in the 56 previous fixtures, Stoke have won just under half of those games.

Stoke Wins 25
Draw 15
Bristol Wins 16


Last 10 meetings


Lost 4
Drew 2
Won 4


Last fixture at the bet365 Stadium


The last fixture against Bristol City at home was Just over 12 months ago. Bristol City triumphed 2-1 in the Championship clash. Stoke had started brightly in the game with Sam Clucas scoring after 4mins, thought things took a turn for the worse when Joe Allen was shown a red card & Tom Edwards scoring an own goal to give Bristol City the lead.


Season so far


Stoke started the league season with a decent draw away to Millwall. That point pales into insignificance if we fail to continue the great performance we managed against a very Strong Wolves side in the Carabao Cup. 

Bristol City started their season with a great 2-1 home win against Coventry. Bristol City got off to a great start in that game taking the lead with the first 2minutes. Bristol built on that win with a 4-0 win over Northampton in the Carabao Cup.


Question now for Michael O’Neill is to who he picks to start versus Bristol City. Our supposed first team and our second string affectively both produced brilliant defensive  displays in Stoke’s last two fixtures resulting in Stoke not conceding a goal so far this season.


What do you expect the outcome to be on Sunday?

Carabao Cup: Wolves v Stoke

Match Preview Wolves versus Stoke


Well after beating Blackpool in the first round of the Carabao Cup, drawing Premier League Wolves away was not the match we wanted. 

Will Michael O’Neill use this cup game to bring some of the players that didn’t play versus Millwall upto speed or does O’Neill want to keep a consistent side?


Stoke have an average record against Wolves in the 150 previous fixtures, Stoke have won a third of those games.


Stoke Wins 50
Draws 35
Wolves Wins 65

Last 10 meetings


Stoke record over the the last 10 games is slightly better with Stoke winning 50% of the games played 

Lost 2
Drew 3
Won 5

Last fixture at Molinuex


The last fixture at Molinuex was back in 2011 when Stoke triumphed 2-1 in a Premier League clash. Peter Crouch scores the winner after Stoke trailed 1-0 at half time.


Season so far


Stoke started the league season with a decent draw away to Millwall, another side that are expected like Stoke to be challenging for the play off spots at least. 

Wolves started their season with a great 2-0 away win at Sheffield United, Wolves started the game fast scoring two goals in the first 7 mins. 


Question for Thursdays game is what sides do both Stoke & Wolves play, do both play their first teams or play a younger team to alleviate some of the fixture congestion the shortened season has caused.


Do you expect to be in the third round draw?

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