Stoke City return to Championship action this afternoon as they lock horns with Coventry.
It is the clubs’ first meeting in a league game since 2008, when Stoke were on their way to promotion to the Premier League, while there are haunting memories from an FA Cup tie in January 2018 that proved to be Mark Hughes’s last match.
Stoke have had a couple of days to prepare following a Carabao Cup quarter-final against Spurs and are hoping to build on last weekend’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Michael O’Neill is hoping to pull his side into the top six, with just five points separating second from seventh in a tightly-congested top half of the table.
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