As it happened Stoke City 2-0 Birmingham City: First-half goals move Potters four points clear of relegation zone 
Stoke face Birmingham at the bet365 Stadium (Photo by Richard Martin-Roberts - CameraSport/Getty Images)

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FULL-TIME - Stoke 2-0 Birmingham

That's full-time and it's a vital three points for Stoke!

That result moves Michael O'Neill's men four points clear of the relegation zone.

Not the greatest of afternoons for the visitors, who record their fourth straight league defeat.

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90' Four minutes added on
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84' Burke receives a yellow card
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78' Birmingham sub - Crowley on for Bellingham
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77' Ball falls to Cousins in the area but he shoots straight at Camp
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Stoke subs

75' Double sub for Stoke.

Gregory and Thompson replace Vokes and Powell

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72' Another change for Birmingham.

Ryan Burke is on for Nico Gordon

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67' Bela cuts inside and shoots from range, slight deflection sees it out for a corner
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64' First change for Stoke sees Tom Ince replace Tyrese Campbell
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Birmingham subs

60' Double change for Birmingham

Reid and Boyd-Munce on for Hogan and Sunjic

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56' Ball comes out to Colin on the right but he blasts his cross wide
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49' Bela looking to cause problems for the Stoke defence after coming on - the visitors have started well so far in this second half
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Back underway

We're back underway at the bet365 Stadium!

(Stoke 2-0 Birmingham (Batth, 12' & Clucas, 45'))

HT sub for the visitors - Bela is on for Harding

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HALF-TIME

That's half-time and goals from Danny Batth and Sam Clucas see the Potters 2-0 up at the break.

Exactly the reaction Michael O'Neill would've wanted following Thursday's defeat to Leeds.

Instant improvement needed in the second half if Birmingham are to get anything from this one.

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GOAL!

45' 2-0 Stoke!

A well-worked move sees Clucas played in by McClean and the Potters midfielder curls his shot past Camp into the far corner

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44' Colin crosses towards Hogan in the area but Smith is there to clear
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CROSSBAR!

36' What an effort from McClean!

With no options available he shoots from range and clips the top of the bar

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35' Gardner connects with a cross at the back post but heads straight at Davies
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32' Bellingham goes into the book for a late challenge on Powell
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29' Gary Gardner receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Jordan Cousins
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29' Almost two for Stoke as McClean cuts inside to shoot but Camp makes a good save
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20' Powell finds Vokes again who goes for the overhead kick but Dean is there to block
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GOAL!

12' Stoke in front!

Powell drifts a cross in following a short corner and Batth arrives at the back post to force it past Camp

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11' Birmingham clear the ball straight to Campbell who shoots first time but doesn't catch it cleanly and sends it wide
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8' Clucas finds Powell on the edge of the area who shoots and forces a good save out of Camp
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7' Yellow card for Nico Gordon
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CROSSBAR!

6' Powell puts in a great cross towards Vokes who connects but sends his header against against the crossbar
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3' Hogan looks to shoot from range from a free-kick but sends his shot wide of the post
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KICK-OFF!

We're underway at the bet365 Stadium.
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15 to go

Not long to go now until kick-off at the bet365 Stadium in what is a hugely important game for both sides.

Follow regular match updates here on VAVEL.com and tweet us your thoughts and predictions @VAVEL_EFL

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Pre-match reading

With around half an hour to go until kick-off, why not take a look at our match preview?

VAVEL.com writer Dan Morgan takes a look at both sides ahead of today's game.

https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2020/07/10/championship/1027767-stoke-city-vs-birmingham-preview-downtrodden-potters-must-recover-from-leeds-thrashing.html

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Changes

Two changes for Stoke this afternoon as Adam Davies and James Chester come in for Jack Butland and Nathan Collins.

Goalkeeper Butland is said to be out due to a neck injury.

Injuries to Kristian Pedersen and Jake Clarke-Salter see Harlee Dean and Wes Harding return to the Birmingham starting eleven.

18-year-old Nico Gordon also makes his first league start in what looks to be like a back five for the Blues.

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TEAM NEWS

Here's how both sides line-up this afternoon:

Stoke

Birmingham

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Pre-match thoughts: Steve Spooner

"Obviously we have prepared beyond that (vs Stoke) because that would be poor caretaking from us if we did not look beyond the one game.

"If we were to be in charge for just the one game, if anyone else comes in, we would like to think we have given them a kind of platform in terms of organisation and routine for them to build on.

“I am excited, I love this club, the people at Birmingham have become very special to me, this is a certain kind of football club."

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Pre-match thoughts: Michael O'Neill

“They (the squad) have to make sure they are ready to play on Sunday. It’s a home game and we will do everything we can do win.

“We got a good reaction after a poor performance against Barnsley and we have to hope we get a similar reaction against Birmingham.”

“We have to focus on ourselves really. Birmingham have had a difficult time since lockdown and had difficult time prior to that.

"They’ve obviously changed manager but we just have to concentrate on our own performance, and it obviously needs to be a lot better than Thursday."

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Last time they met

Three goals in the second half saw the Blues come from behind to beat their opponents last time the two met on August 31.

Liam Lindsay put Stoke in front just before the hour mark but goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jude Bellingham helped turn things around at St Andrew's.

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How to watch

The match is available to watch live in the UK on Sky Sports Football with coverage starting from 1:25 pm.

Overseas viewers can also stream the game live via either of the two club's video platforms.

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Team news

Potters boss Michael O'Neill looks set to be without captain Ryan Shawcross after the defender was again sidelined against Leeds.

The visitors have no fresh injury concerns though Maxime Colin, Dan Crowley and Bellingham are all one yellow card away from a one-match suspension. 

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Fresh start

Birmingham head into today's game under the watchful eye of caretaker manager Steve Spooner.

The 59-year-old takes charge of the Blues until the end of the season after former boss Pep Clotet was sacked four games earlier than planned following their 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Wednesday

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Improvement needed

Stoke will be looking for instant improvement following their lacklustre 5-0 defeat to league leaders Leeds United on Thursday.

That result left the Potters just one point above the relegation zone in 21st.

But with results of rival sides yesterday going in their favour, they could climb as high as 17th should they win this afternoon.

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Kick-off time

The Stoke City vs Birmingham City match will be played at the bet365 Stadium, in Stoke-on-Trent, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 13:30 BST.
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Welcome

Welcome to VAVEL.com’s LIVE coverage of the 2019/20 EFL Championship match between Stoke City and Birmingham City. 
My name is Dave Crowther-Green and I’ll be your host for this afternoon's game.

We will provide you with pre-game analysis, team updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.

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