Only three points separate Championship leaders Norwich City and seventh-placed Stoke City before they lock horns at the bet365 Stadium tonight.
It’s an intriguing battle between two clubs who the bookies are already tipping to be up and challenging for promotion at the end of the season.
Michael O’Neill has secured back-to-back wins for the first time this thanks to victories over Reading and Huddersfield Town but knows this is a big test of those credentials.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the game.
What time is kick-off?
Don’t get caught out, it’s a 7pm start this evening.
Is it on the Sky Sports red button?
No mid-week Championship fixture is available on the red button service this week.
Three games will be shown live on Sky Sports, Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest tonight (8pm) and Bristol City v Watford and Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow.
There are an additional five mid-week rounds this season due to the condensed fixture list and Sky and the EFL have agreed that two extra rounds than normal can be shown via the red button.
Live games from Sky’s weekend allocation will be shown on the other three mid-weeks.
That means Stoke and all clubs’ mid-week games will be shown via red button or live on Sky at least 10 times.
Championship mid-week highlights will be shown on EFL on Quest on Wednesday at 10.30pm.#
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 evening.
- Stoke City are unbeaten in their last five league matches against Norwich (W2 D3) since losing 0-1 in September 2013.
- Norwich City have won just one of their last 11 away league matches against Stoke (D3 L7), a 1-0 win in 2013/14 with a goal from Jonny Howson.
- Stoke have lost seven of their last eight league matches played on Tuesday, the exception being a 3-0 home win over Luton in December 2019.
- Under Daniel Farke, the only team Norwich have faced more in the Championship without winning against than Stoke (2 games) is Derby County (5 games).
- Norwich’s Kieran Dowell has been directly involved in three goals in three league appearances against Stoke (2 goals, 1 assist), with each game coming for a different club (Sheffield United, Derby County and Wigan Athletic).
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Adam Davies and Angus Gunn are out for Stoke while Ryan Shawcross made his comeback last night for the under-23s and Joe Allen is building up strength in training.
James McClean remains in self-isolation but it is hoped that he can rejoin training in the next couple of days. Jordan Thompson has been nursing an ankle injury.
Sam Clucas made his return from a calf problem in the 4-3 win over Huddersfield at the weekend while James Chester and Nathan Collins are hoping to win a starting place back after injuries too.
Norwich, unbeaten in eight, will be without at least nine first team players. Kenny McLean and Jordan Hugill are the latest to be added to their injury list.
Todd Cantwell and Xavi Quintilla will not travel, Sam Byram, Kieran Dowell and Onel Hernandez are out until January and Bali Mumba and Adam Idah are on the sidelines until February.
What is Daniel Farke’s verdict on Stoke?
“In general, for me, Stoke is a brilliant mix between pretty experienced players on this level, Fletcher and Vokes up front, and then also lots of pace, quality and young energy on the wings,” the Norwich manager said in his pre-match press conference.
“They have a really good squad, a pretty experienced coach and it’s definitely a team who will fight for the top six this season. Another strong opponent in a tough away match. We will have to be fully switched on to bring back points.”