How to watch Stoke City v Watford – TV channel, team news, kick-off time


Stoke City are back in front of the the live television cameras tonight hoping to claw their way towards the Championship play-off places.

Watford are the visitors to the bet365 Stadium, having beaten Stoke 3-2 at Vicarage Road back in early November in a match that was full of entertainment, incident and controversy.

Stoke are in eighth before kick-off, six points behind fourth-placed Watford in a top half which is just starting to separate.

Here is the lowdown on this evening’s fixture.

Kick-off time

The match is due to kick off at 7.45pm on Friday, January 22 at the bet365 Stadium.

TV details

The match has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports. Coverage starts at 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.

There will be highlights on EFL on Quest on Saturday at 9pm.

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.

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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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Team news

James Chester is back from a one-match suspension and Steven Fletcher will be in the squad as he builds up fitness following knee and groin injuries.

Ryan Shawcross will miss out as he recovers from Covid symptoms.

Michael O’Neill said: “Lee Gregory should resume full training from Monday. Morgan Fox is still a little bit behind. Other than that and the long-term injury to Tyrese Campbell, everyone is back in training, including the two goalkeepers. We’re stronger than we’ve been for quite some time.

“Fletcher got a bit of a bang on the top of his foot, which was sore, but he trained today and we’re optimistic he had no significant reaction.

“Ryan was back in (on Thursday morning). That was his first day back in training with the group. It’s been frustrating for him to have Covid off the back of starting against Leicester. He had a period when he was unwell but he’s been able to build up his fitness in the last few days. It’ll take him a bit of time. He trained lightly and he’ll be in full training from Monday.

“Otherwise the tests today all came back negative, which was very good. We can look forward to the Watford game without that hanging over us.”

You can use our selection widget here to see how Stoke should line up.

Former Stoke rookie Ben Foster is out with an injured finger – so fellow former Stoke rookie Dan Bachmann stays in goal, having picked up two clean sheets in his last two games.

Domingos Quina (hamstring), Stipe Perica (hamstring) and Isaac Success (hamstring) are out Christian Kabasele (knee) are also out.

Pre-match trivia

  • This is the first league meeting between Stoke and Watford at the Bet365 Stadium since January 2018, a goalless draw in the Premier League.
  • Watford are looking to record a league double over Stoke for the first time since the 2005/06 season under Aidy Boothroyd.
  • Stoke have never lost consecutive home league games under Michael O’Neill – they last did so in October 2019 under Nathan Jones (four in a row).
  • Watford haven’t lost three consecutive away Championship matches since a run of four between April and August 2014 under Giuseppe Sannino.
  • Watford have only scored five away Championship goals this season, fewer than any other club; all five goals were scored by different players (João Pedro, Sarr, Wilmot, Deeney & Cleverley).





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