Match Preview : Stoke City (A)

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The O’s will finally make a welcome return to action this weekend, as they take on Championship side, Stoke City, at the bet365 stadium in the FA Cup third round.

THE POTTERS

Ahead of the game, Stoke City find themselves eighth in the Championship and five points behind the play-off positions.

The Potters have found themselves in the second tier for the last four seasons following a 19th place finish in 2017/18 Premier League season.

Stoke have enjoyed a rather positive start to their fourth attempt of returning to the Premier League, having won nine of their first eighteen games this season. That progressive form however, has taken a sharp decline since then with the Staffordshire side winning only one of their last six league outings. Their last two league games have seen The Potters lose valuable points late on with both Derby County and Preston North End snatching all three points with goals in the last ten minutes of the game.

The Potters have another crucial week coming up following their clash with The O’s as Stoke take on struggling Barnsley and Hull City in the following seven days which could lead to some squad rotation against Orient.

The O’s have though, struggled on the road this season, having only won once on the road in the league this campaign. Stoke City have won six of their thirteen home league games this season and haven’t picked up a win at the bet365 since 20th November, versus Peterborough United.

KEY PLAYER

Mario Vrancic could well be seen as one of the signings of the summer for the Championship, let alone for Stoke City. The Bosnian was a crucial member of the Norwich squad which won promotion to the Premier League in two of the last three seasons. In the 2019/20 season, Vrancic scored ten goals and supplied seven assists in the Championship including the goals that won the Canaries promotion and the Championship title. Vrancic then contributed with three goals and five more assists two seasons later to help guide the Canaries back to the Premier League. The midfielder was released by Norwich in the summer and joined The Potters on a free transfer. The Bosnian has been the creative spark in the middle of the park for Stoke this season. He has already provided seven assists in all competitions as well as scoring three goals to help Stoke with their promotion push.

KENNY JACKETT

We caught up with the gaffer, who gives his thoughts on the encounter, as well as an update on the January transfer window.

 

 

 

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Samuel Barrott

Assistant Referees: Matthew Smith & Lisa Rashid

Fourth Official: Peter Wright

Barrott has been in charge of 22 games this season mainly taking charge of League One and League Two fixtures. He has shown 86 yellow cards so far this campaign.

The official was last in charge of an O’s game in November for Orients 1-1 draw away at Scunthorpe where he showed five yellow cards (one for Orient).

FOLLOW THE GAME

Unfortunately, the game is not available to stream in the UK, due to FA Cup broadcasting regulations.

For those who want to follow the game live, audio passes will be on sale for just £2.50, where you can join Dave Victor and Matt Hiscock from the Bet365 Stadium.

Further information can be found here – How to follow Stoke City cup tie – Leyton Orient FC

TOCA SOCIAL

Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here. Book your post-match night out at TOCA Social in the O2, the world’s first interactive football and dining experience, combining immersive gaming and world class food and drink. O’s fans get a 10% discount on box bookings and free O’s Sharing Cocktail or Mocktail on arrival*!

Check out your matchday programme for the discount code and book online here.