Stoke City are hoping to kickstart 2021 with a win that would bring them level on points with promotion challengers Bournemouth.
Stoke are back in front of the television cameras tonight as they welcome Asmir Begovic and Co to the bet365 Stadium in what is an intriguing Championship encounter.
Here’s the lowdown of a match that will bring up the season’s half-way point.
When does the match kick-off?
It’s a 7.45pm kick-off on Saturday, January 2.
Is it live on TV?
Yes, it’s on Sky Sports again. Coverage starts on Sky Sports Football at 7pm.
Stoke are hoping for better form on the box.
Only one of their 13 wins so far this season has been live on TV compared to three of their six defeats.
Sky Sports passes are available without a subscription on NOW TV.
You will able to follow the match on Stoke-on-TrentLive, with the latest team news, goal updates and post-match reaction.
Will the match be streamed live online?
It is available via the Sky Sports website and the Sky Sports app.
Stoke explained in a statement: “Unfortunately only be available for live streaming via Stoke City+ Live in dark market territories.
“As Sky Sports are broadcasting the match live, it cannot be streamed in the UK and Ireland or any other country where the EFL have broadcasting agreements in place.
“It should also be noted that overseas season pass holders will not be able to access a stream, unless they live in a dark market territory.”
Live audio commentary from BBC Radio Stoke will be available via Stoke City+ Live.
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Michael O’Neill said: “Morgan (Fox) is still out. Josh Tymon will have a fitness test and John Obi Mikel and Sam Clucas came off the bench on Tuesday. They’re back in contention, it’s a case of how many minutes where they are physically in terms of whether they’re ready to return.
“We have to be mindful of Joe Allen’s situation. He’s obviously played over 90 minutes now in the space of three days and we have to take that into consideration in terms of his return to play as well.
“There’s no one else back in terms of the longer injuries. The goalkeepers (Adam Davies and Angus Gunn) are still out, Tyrese (Campbell) is still out and Morgan is still out.”
Bournemouth winger Arnaut Danjuma has been ruled out.
Jason Tindall said: “There’s a couple of concerns over one or two players who were assessed.
“We will assess them again before making decision as to whether they are okay to be selected or be involved in the game.”
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- These sides will meet in league action for the first time since the 2017-18 Premier League season when Bournemouth won both games 2-1.
- Bournemouth have won on each of their last two league visits to Stoke, having lost six such visits in a row before this run.
- Stoke have lost on each of the last two occasions their opening league match of a calendar year has fallen at home – in 2018 vs Newcastle and 2019 vs Bristol City.
- Bournemouth haven’t won their opening league match in any of their last eight calendar years (D6 L2) since a 2-0 win over Wycombe in 2012.
- Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas has had a hand in four goals in his last four league appearances against Stoke City (2 goals, 2 assists), scoring and assisting in a 2-1 win on his last such visit to Stoke in October 2017.