Stoke City are back in action today with at least a trio of changes as they welcome Huddersfield to the bet365 Stadium.
Michael O’Neill’s side sit one point off the play-offs and four points off the top heading into a hectic run of fixtures up to the New Year.
The manager suggests it’s a decisive period that will really see the league table take shape.
So here’s the lowdown on today’s match.
When does the match kick-off?
It’s a 3pm kick-off on Saturday, November 21.
Is it live on TV?
Afraid not. It will not shown on the Sky Sports red button either.
Highlights will be shown on EFL on Quest at 9pm this 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.
First up, Angus Gunn (ankle) is out, meaning Joe Bursik has been recalled from Doncaster to make his Stoke debut.
Michael O’Neill said: “We were only allowed an emergency goalkeeper from an EFL club and working on the basis that no one is going to give you their first team goalkeeper in this situation, we were fortunate to be able to take the first team goalkeeper from Doncaster.
“Darren Moore was very understanding about the situation so it made sense to bring Joe back.
“It’s a big opportunity for him. He’s a very good young goalkeeper who has played this season at Doncaster, played for England under-21s in mid-week and played league football last season.
“We have total trust and faith in him and I have no doubts that he has the confidence and attributes to deal with the situation.”
Jordan Thompson has an ankle injury too and James McClean is self-isolating after a positive Covid test.
Sam Clucas, Nathan Collins and James Chester are back fit, however, and there is progress to report on Ryan Shawcross and Joe Allen. Thibaud Verlinden is also in training.
Nick Powell, who was taken off at half-time in the 3-0 win over Reading last time out, is also fresh.
O’Neill said: “Nick had the birth of his third child the day we travelled to Watford so he had to travel on his own that morning to come down and play.
“It was just a hectic week for him and the change was tactical a little bit but we also had to be mindful of the week he’d had”
Huddersfield Town will be without Alex Pritchard and influential full-back Pipa.
Pritchard rolled his ankle in a 3-0 win at Millwall while Pipe suffered a hamstring injury during a 1-1 draw with Luton – and neither has recovered enough during the international break.
Manager Carlos Corberan told ExaminerLive: “Alex Pritchard is continuing in his adaptation, in his preparation on his rehabilitation period of time now.
“He’s in the last part of the rehab of the injury that he had and he continues being with the medical department. He’s not training yet with the group.
“At the same time Pipa is sadly in the same condition as him. He’s continuing to work with the medical staff.
“He couldn’t train after the injury he had in the last game but I think both players are close to adding to the squad.”
Make your prediction
Make your prediction: Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
0+ VOTES SO FAR
- Stoke have lost just one of their last six league games against Huddersfield (W2 D3), although that defeat did come in this exact fixture last season (0-1).
- Huddersfield will be aiming to win consecutive away league matches against Stoke for the first time in the club’s history, with this their 36th visit in English league football.
- Stoke (3) have scored more goals resulting from a high turnovers (sequences that start in open play and begin 40m or less from the opponent’s goal) than any other Championship side this season, whilst only Norwich (15) and Bournemouth (14) have had more shots resulting from high turnovers than Huddersfield (12) in the division.
- Huddersfield Town have won two of their last three away league games (L1), as many victories as in their previous 15 matches on the road.
- Only Brentford’s Ivan Toney (5) has scored the opening goal in more Championship games this season than Stoke duo Steven Fletcher and Tyrese Campbell (3 each).