Champions action returns this evening, but not for Stoke City.
The likes of Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Derby County are all in action this evening but the Potters will have to wait until tomorrow for their clash with Blackburn Rovers with this week’s midweek fixtures scattered for TV fixtures.
So the build-up continues with updates constantly surfacing from both the Potters camp and the Blackburn camp as the week goes on.
Here are this morning’s biggest Stoke City stories…
STOKE ARE FOURTH BIGGEST RIVALS SAY ARSENAL FANS
Fans of 18 of the 20 top flight-teams were asked to name their club’s biggest rivals for Reach Sport’s League of Love and Hate, with all the answers then added together to complete a top five run-down for each side.
O’NEILL PROVIDES TOM EDWARDS UPDATE
Manager Michael O’Neill says Tom Edwards is far from a forgotten player after his disappearance from both the starting 11 and the matchday 18.
O’Neill says he has his eyes on him in training every day, but he will have to be patient after losing his place to the more experienced Tommy Smith.
Smith looks set to continue at right back at Blackburn tomorrow night as O’Neill understandably leans towards an unchanged line up after Saturday’s win over Cardiff.
Edwards, now 21, has played 15 times in league and cup this season, but his only appearance since mid December came in the FA Cup defeat at Brentford in early January.
HOGAN TAKES SHARE OF BLAME FOR POOR STOKE FORM
Former Stoke City striker Scott Hogan has cast a painful glance back towards his miserable time at the club in the first half of the season.
The 27 year-old striker bagged three goals in five starts and 10 sub appearances during his loan stint in the Potteries – and wasn’t seen after December 14.
Hogan then returned to parent club Aston Villa en route to a loan spell down the road at Birmingham and Saturday’s goal against Sheffield Wednesday was his fourth in five appearances for Blues.