There is definitely a clash of form books when Stoke City head to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend – and Michael O’Neill gets to pit his wits against Tony Pulis.
Stoke’s last seven matches have featured 27 goals at either end as O’Neill’s side try to nudge their way into the Championship play-off picture.
Only one team has scored more than once in Wednesday’s last seven fixtures; a 3-0 defeat at Rotherham under Pulis’s predecessor Garry Monk. There have three 1-0 losses, one 1-0 win, a 0-0 draw and a 1-1 draw.
So what to expect? Here’s everything you need to know.
When does the match kick-off?
It’s a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, November 28.
Is it live on TV?
Not in the UK. It will not shown on the Sky Sports red button either.
But it has been selected by Pitch International for live international broadcast.
Highlights will be shown on EFL on Quest at 9pm on Saturday evening.
How can I follow it?
Stoke City are offering a streaming service through their website. Match passes for fans in the UK and Ireland are £10 and show the full game live, accompanied by commentary provided by BBC Radio Stoke.
Passes for fans elsewhere in the world are £7. Overseas supporters can also buy a season stream pass for £140 or a monthly stream pass priced at £20.
You can also follow the game as it happens with us at StokeonTrentLive.
We’ll have all the build up, team news, action and reaction through the afternoon.
James McClean has now self-isolated for the required 10 days and Jordan Thompson (ankle) has missed the last two games.
Steven Fletcher (knee) is being assessed.
Ryan Shawcross stepped up his recovery with an appearance for Stoke under-23s alongside Thibaud Verlinden on Monday while Joe Allen has been building up strength in training.
Adam Davies (knee) and Angus Gunn (ankle) remain sidelined.
Wednesday were without half-a-dozen players through injury for the mid-week draw at Swansea and lost keeper Keiren Westwood to a groin problem in the first half while Massimo Luongo was withdrawn early too.
Pulis said in his post-match press conference: “Listen, the lads have worked really, really hard. They are a really good group.
“There are lots of things we have to work on and there are lots of things I would like to put in place and we are short in certain areas.
“But when you think that we have got six players out tonight… Windass, Marriott, Flint, Iorfa, Dunkley. Those players would have probably started.”
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- Sheffield Wednesday are looking to register consecutive home league wins against Stoke for the first time since a run of four between 1953 and 1964.
- Stoke are hoping to win consecutive league matches against Sheffield Wednesday for the first time since September 1984 (3 in a row).
- Sheffield Wednesday haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last 19 home league games (10 goals in total). They are looking to avoid becoming only the fifth team since the creation of the Football League in 1888 to go 20+ home league games without scoring more than once and first since Huddersfield in September 2019 (29 in a row).
- Stoke have won three of their six away league games this season (D1 L2) – it took the Potters 13 away Championship games to win three on the road last season.
- Sheffield Wednesday manager Tony Pulis has lost just one of his 16 matches vs Stoke in his managerial career (W8 D7), going unbeaten in each of the last 15 – with nine of those games coming since he last left the Potters in 2013.