Goals and Highlights: Stoke City 1 - 1 Wolves in pre-season friendly
STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after scoring their sides first goal during a Pre-Season Friendly match between Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Britannia Stadium on July 31, 2021 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)


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91: The referee blows his whistle bang on 90 minutes and ends the game with both teams level.

Wolves were the better of the two teams, but with a lot of changes being made by Lage, it was a very good run-out for his men.

Jimenez and Traore looked fantastic upfront, with Semedo looking very dangerous down the right-hand-side. 

Silly mistakes were still apparent in the first half, but overall a good performance from Wolves.

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Chances for Cutone! (1-1)

90: Cutrone managed to get into the box and get a shot away only for it to be saved by the Stoke keeper. 

A minute late, the Italian had another chance from long range but did not trouble the keeper.

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Silva and Batth battling for the ball

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Wolves pushing for the winner (1-1)

Of the two teams, Wolves look the more brighter and dangerous. They are playing some lovely football, but really need to find that end product to polish off the performance with a win.

Silva and Cutrone are stretching the Stoke defence, but the lack of Jimenez's presence up top is definitely felt. They are a much better side with the Mexican at the helm.

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More changes for Wolves (1-1)

81: Semedo makes way after a fantastic display down the right-hand-side for Hoever. Ait-Nouri also replacing Marcal.
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The apprentice replaces the master

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Changes for Wolves (1-1)

75: Jimenez and Trincao make way for Cutrone and Silva, who join Gibbs-White up top as part of the Wolves front three.
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Penalty shout there for Wolves! (1-1)

74: Some good play by Wolves leads to Trincao getting the ball in the box, only to be supposedly barged down by Batth.

It looked close, but the referee waved all protests away. Interesting as Batth should not really be on the pitch!

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But first it is changes for Stoke! (1-1)

71: It is Stoke City who are making the first changes, with Fletcher coming off after having a quiet start to the second half.

Meanwhile, Silva and Cutrone are changed and waiting to come on!

Cue the pizza and pasta chants from the Wolves fans!

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Wolves subs warming up! (1-1)

68: Silva, Rayan Ait-Nouri and Ki-Jana Hoever all warming up on the sideline for Wolves. Expect changes soon!
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Batth should have gone for an early bath! (1-1)

66: Batth completely blocks Jimenez as a poor pass back by Stoke would have put the Mexican through on goal. Only a yellow card, but really, it should have been a red card there!

The following free-kick was put over the bar by Trincao.

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Kilman with a strong tackle at the other end! (1-1)

Then after Gibbs-White's chance, Stoke managed to work the ball into the box for Fletcher, only to be denied by a fantastic challenge by Kilman. He has looked very solid after replacing Mosquera.
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CHANCE! Gibbs-White shot saved (1-1)

62: A fantastic through ball from Jimenez put Gibbs-White in on goal, only for his shot to be saved by Bursik.

He will be disappointed that he did not score.

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A good start for Wolves (1-1)

60: Stoke now finally have possession of the ball after Wolves came out of the blocks hard after half time. 

Wolves' passing and movement has been superb! Gibbs-White has been explosive so far and is really causing the Stoke defence problems.

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Trincao will not get a free-kick for this in the Premier League

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Mistake and chance for Gibbs-White (1-1)

55: A slip by Stoke gives the ball to Gibbs-White who has a chance to run at the Stoke defence in transition. 

He struggled to get his feet in order as the Stoke defence were able to recover.

Could have done better there.

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Great play from Wolves (1-1)

53: Wolves playing some great football now with some very slick and purposeful passing. Stoke cannot get near the ball and can only chase it.

A product is needed though....

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Gibbs-White immediate impact (1-1)

49: Fantastic play from Gibbs-White saw him dribble into the box and win a corner for Wolves.

The following corner did fall to him, but could have done better.

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Changes for Wolves at the break

There has been three changes for Wolves at the break, with Leander Dendoncker, Morgan Gibbs-White, Maximilian Kilman on for Neves, Traore and Mosquera
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Second half incoming! (1-1)

46: Stoke get the second half underway
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Plenty to ponder for Lages

Not a complete performance for Lage's side, with some flashes of brilliance but also some poor mistakes. He will have been pleased with Traore's contributions so far, as well as his ability to link up with Jimenez.

There have been too many stray or poor passes in the middle of the park, which is preventing the side from getting into a flow and then dictating the tempo.

Stoke have not made things easy for Wolves, with some tough tackles coming in and showing that they can find space behind the Wolves defence, with Fletcher being a nuisance for Coady, Mosquera and Saiss.

It will be interesting to see what changes Lage will make in the second half. Will Fabio Silva get a nod, or might we see Patrick Cutrone once again? It would be good to see Morgan Gibbs-White get some time on the pitch, with the academy graduate looking lively in his previous appearances.

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Jimenez celebrates his first goal since his injury against Arsenal last season.

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46: Both teams go in level with Wolves arguably being the better side, but were suspect to mistakes which enabled Stoke to get into the game.

The ex-player hoodoo strikes again as Batth is the man who put Stoke ahead after a Sunday League like scramble in the box, only for the ball to fall to Batth to slot the ball in off the post. Wolves had opportunities to clear the ball but tried to play the ball out rather than clear it.

Then the comeback of comebacks was complete as Jimenez grabbed the equaliser for Wolves after some great work by Semedo, which saw his shot saved, only for the ball to fall nicely for the Mexican.

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Batth again comes close from a corner (1-1)

39: CLOSE! Stoke nearly took the lead again as Danny Batth climbed above all the Wolves players to win the header off a corner, with the ball just flying past the post. A let off for Wolves.
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Jimenez finish for the equaliser.

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Traore is unplayable in fantastic dribble (1-1)

34: Traore with a fantastic run completely beating his men and put the ball through for Trincao for the Portuguese to win a corner.

Absolutely superb from the Spaniard and really gives Wolves that ability to break down defences.

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Wolves strike back immediately with Jimenez slotting in the equaliser (1-1)

29: GOAL! Semedo on the edge of the Stoke box cut inside to beat his man and managed to get a shot away which was parried by Bursik, only for Jimenez to get on the end of it and slot it into the roof of the Stoke net.
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Batth puts Stoke ahead (1-0)

26: GOAL! A dangerous ball into the box was initially cleared brilliantly by Coady for a corner.

The ball in from the corner was not dealt with well by Wolves, who tried to play the ball out rather than clear their lines. The ball then fell to Batth who slotted the ball in off the post.

Against the run of play, but Wolves have been sloppy and are letting Stoke into this game.

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Traore and Jimenez link together in a good header (0-0)

23: CHANCE! It has been far too long to see Traore and Jimenez linking together again. Traore went on an amazing dribble from the half-way line to get in down the right-hand-side and managed to get a ball crossed in to none other than Jimenez. The Mexican got a strong header which had to be saved by Bursik.
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Game settling down now (0-0)

13: Wolves with most of the ball and Stoke sitting back. A few stray passes from a few players but Traore is getting more on the ball and Trincao is getting some good one touch passes in the final third.
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Traore chance

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Wolves looking lively (0-0)

6: Wolves are getting in via Semedo and Trincao down Stoke's left-hand-side with some chances for Traore and Neves. There is a bit of energy about Wolves in these opening minutes.
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Chance for Stoke (0-0)

3: Stoke win a corner down Wolves' right hand side and was delivered in low to Fletcher who managed to get a strike that just whistled past the top corner.
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It was inevitable! (0-0)

2: It only took one minute for Traore to get fouled via a pull back!
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And we are off! (0-0)

1: Wolves get us underway!
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Wolves fans applaud Batth

As the teams came out, it was good to see the travelling Wolves fans applaud ex-skipper Danny Batth.
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Great to see fans in the stadium.

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5 minutes to kick off!

Wolves are definitely in full force in the away end. They are very eager to get back to normality and watching their team play in person.

A positive performance is greatly wanted by Lage, in a pre-season that has seen the team struggle to shine.

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Not quite Marbella.....

After playing in some beautiful locations of late, the Wolves players are now settling back into life in England and what better place to start than Stoke!

The weather is perfect for a game of football. The grass is wet, the wind is calm and the temperature is cool.

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It is a 3-4-3 again....

So after a few games of 'Lage ball' and seeing a high defensive line with good use of wing-backs and a high press, Lage seems to have returned to a Nuno 3-4-3 for today's game.

With all the players back from the Euros now, is Lage just experimenting with different formations, or is this the way he plans to go forward with the team? 

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A warm reception for the Wolves players


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New Wolves keeper getting warmed up

José Sá getting ready for the game with a few warm-up exercises.

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It is good to see him back!

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Stoke teams news is in

A few familiar faces line up for the Potters with Danny Batth and Steven Fletcher both in line to face their old team.

Stoke starting XI: Bursik, Wilmot, Batth, Fox, Smith, Tymon, Allen, Vrancic, Powell, Brown, Fletcher. 

Subs: Davies, Chester, Clucas, Doughty, Thompson, Macari, Jones, Goodwin, Norton.

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And the Wolves subs

Still plenty of U23s on the Wolves bench today. 

Wolves subs: Ruddy, Hoever, Ait-Nouri, Marques, Bueno, Campbell, Silva, Gibbs-White, Cundle, Cutrone, Estrada, Dendoncker, Kilman.

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Wolves starting XI is in

It looks like Wolves are going with three central defenders, with Conor Coady, Yerson Mosquera and Romain Saïss all set to start. 

Adama Traore is back in action and will no doubt be keen to link up with his teammate Raúl Jiménez once again.

Rúben Neves and João Moutinho start in the middle with new signing Francisco Trincão set to get another chance to impress.

Wolves starting XI: Sa, Semedo, Mosquera, Coady, Saiss, Marcal, Neves, Moutinho, Trincao, Traore, Jimenez.

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Lage lays down ideas and aims for the season ahead

After returning from the training camp in Marbella, Wolves boss Bruno Lage sat down and discussed his ambitions for the season. Have a read via the link below:


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It is Matchday!

Good afternoon,  we are only one hour away from kickoff as Stoke City host Wolverhampton Wanderers at the bet365 stadium. Stick around for some pre-game analysis, score updates and news as it happens.

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Tune in here for Stoke City vs Wolves

We will provide team news and much more from 12pm BST on Saturday.

Do not miss a detail of the match, with live updates and commentaries of VAVEL.

We also have one of our journalists attending the game, his Twitter is:  @joshholland_


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How to watch Stoke City vs Wolves: Live Stream on TV and Online?

If you want to directly stream it, your option is Wolves TV.

If you want to follow it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!

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What time is Stoke City vs Wolves?

The game will take place on Wolves TV at 1pm BST. 

Highlights will be on both club's YouTube channels in the following days.

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Stoke City vs Wolves Prediciton

Pre-season isn't about results but Stoke will want to put a show on for their fans similar to the performance they put on against Villa.

But I think Wolves will begin to show Bruno Lage's identity a little more and come out 2-1 winners.

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Latest games between Stoke City and Wolves

Since 2010, Wolves have only came out on top in two competitive meetings. They met in a pre-season friendly back in 2018, ending 0-0.

Stoke have won the previous three Premier League meetings between the two sides, including a controlling 3-0 win in 2011.

The sides did meet in last season's EFL Cup, with Stoke winning 1-0.

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Key Player of Wolves

Raul Jimenez missed Monday's defeat to Las Palmas, but featured in the games with Crewe and Betis.

After missing large parts of last season after fracturing his skull, Jimenez will be licking his lips at the prospect of performing in front of the Wolves fans' again.

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Key Player of Stoke City

Saturday will see former-Wolves striker Steven Fletcher face his old team. 

So far in pre-season, Fletcher has scored three goals- including goals in the wins over Crewe and Aston Villa.

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Probable line-ups of Stoke City v Wolves

With it being Michael O'Neil side's final pre-season game, it is likely that he will field his strongest possible team to ensure they are all ready for next weekend's opener.

For Wolves, with the game against Coventry following 24 hours later, it is set to be a mixture of first-team players and under-23s- something we have seen throughout their pre-season schedule.

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Wolves: First of double header

Wolves' trip to Stoke is their first game in two days as they travel to Coventry City on Sunday afternoon.

So far in pre-season, they have fallen to defeat to Crewe and Las Palmas, whilst defeating Real Betis courtesy of a Patrick Cutrone goal.

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Stoke City: Final chance to impress

The Potteries' meeting with the Premier League side is their fifth and final pre-season friendly ahead of their opening day fixture with Reading.

Victories over Linfield, Crewe Alexandra and Aston Villa and a defeat to Wigan Athletic are how Stoke have done this summer.


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The match will be played at the Bet365 Stadium

The Stoke City vs Wolves match will be played at the Bet365 Stadium, Stoke with a capacity of 30,089.

In the previous meeting between the two sides in Stoke, goals from Helder Costa and Matt Doherty earned the Wanderers a 2-0 win in the FA Cup.

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Welcome to VAVEL.com's coverage of the pre-season match between Stoke City and Wolves

My name is Matthew David and I'll be your host for this game. We will provide you with the pre-game analysis, score updates and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.

It's the first time Wolves fans will be in attendance at an opposition ground since their 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in 2020.