Stoke City are in no danger of not knowing how big a match it is this weekend as Hull City arrive at the bet365 Stadium.
The situation is like this:
Ten games to go in the Championship and Stoke are fourth from bottom, one point ahead of Middlesbrough and trailing Charlton by one in goal difference. In-form Wigan are one point ahead.
Hull are two points ahead of Stoke and Charlton – and are winless in 11 matches in all competitions since New Year’s Day. They lost Jarrod Brown and Kamil Grosicki on transfer deadline day to Wests Ham and Brom respectively and have been pining for both.
Huddersfield are a point ahead of Hull.
So then, plenty of nerves guaranteed, possibly plenty of drama.
Hull, meanwhile, are looking for their first ever league double over Stoke – but have not won a match without Bowen since April 2018.
Stoke have conceded the second fewest home goals in the Championship since Michael O’Neill was appointed in November.
We digress… here are all the details.
When is the game?
It’s a 3pm kick off on Saturday, March 7.
March 7 hasn’t been too kind to Stoke over the years – in fact, it’s the worst date in the club’s calendar in terms of results with only one win in 15 games – all the way back in 1931.
Is it on TV?
The match is not being broadcast live on television, but you will be able to follow everything as it happens via Stoke-on-Trent Live.
Goal clips will be shown on Sky Sports News from 6pm with extended highlights on Quest’s EFL highlights show from 9pm.
Saturday is expected to come too soon for James McClean (knee) – but Ryan Shawcross (groin) is back in training.
The captain made a comeback appearance with the under-23s on Monday in a defeat to Manchester United at headquarters.
Michael O’Neill made three changes last weekend, bringing in James Chester, Jordan Cousins and Sam Vokes to start at Luton.
Hull City’s treatment room continues to be overcrowded.
Keane Lewis-Potter (hamstring) is hoping to be in contention but Jordy de Wijs (calf), Reece Burke (calf), Jon Toral (hamstring), Eric Lichaj (ankle), Herbie Kane (ankle), Josh Bowler (heel), James Scott (ankle) and Tom Eaves (ankle) are all out for the longer term.
Make your prediction: Stoke City v Hull
0+ VOTES SO FAR
Stoke – 4/7
Draw – 14/5
Hull – 4/1
- Stoke have won their last five home league games against Hull City, conceding only once in that run of wins.
- Hull are looking to complete a league double over Stoke for the first time, in what is the 32nd Football League season they’ve faced.
- Stoke have lost just one of their last eight home league games (W5 D2), having lost six of their previous eight home games before this run.
- Hull are winless in 11 games in all competitions (D2 L9), conceding 26 goals across this run including four or more in three separate games.
- Since Michael O’Neill’s first home Championship match in charge of Stoke in November, only Derby (seven) have conceded fewer home goals than the Potters (eight).
- Hull have won none of the seven league games that haven’t featured the now-departed Jarrod Bowen this season (D2 L5). The Tigers’ last Championship win without Bowen featuring was back in April 2018 against Burton Albion.