Coventry City vs Stoke City preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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This game was originally set to be played on December 18 of last year, but COVID-19 in the Stoke City camp mean the Potters instead travel to the Ricoh Arena over a month later in this rearranged fixture. 

Coventry City had not picked up a win in five games before that date, but have won two and lost two in the matches played since.

They suffered a late 2-1 home loss to QPR last time out, with Andre Gray and Albert Adomah scoring either side of a Jordan Shipley equaliser.

Mark Robins' men sit in 10th place, with 37 points from 25 games.

Stoke City are just one place and one point ahead of their opponents, after a poor start to 2022 saw them slip as low as 10th themselves.

Wins against Hull City and Leyton Orient will have boosted the Potters' confidence, as well as multiple new signings made by Michael O'Neill.

They ran Fulham close last time out, losing 3-2 at the bet365 Stadium in an evenly-matched affair against the league leaders.

  • Team news

Coventry City

Coventry will be without key striker Matty Godden, as the 29-year-old underwent an appendectomy last week. 

Ian Maatsen (hamstring) and Fankaty Dabo (groin) face upto a month on the sidelines.

Stoke City

Michael O'Neill has been handed a huge injury boost ahead of the game, with key midfielder Nick Powell in contention to feature for the first time in three months after suffering a cracked fibula.

Ben Wilmot (back) is hoping to be back fit, whilst Jordan Thompson is ready to play after a knee injury.

Joe Bursik and Romaine Sawyers are both training on the grass, but not match fit as of yet.

Harry Souttar, Abdallah Sima and Tom Edwards all face longer spells on the sidelines.

  • Predicted lineups

Coventry City (3-4-2-1)

Moore; Hyam, McFadzean, Clarke-Salter; Kane, Hamer, Sheaf, Shipley; O’Hare, Allen; Gyokeres.

Stoke City (3-5-2)

Bonham; Harwood-Bellis, Chester, Jagielka; Smith, Allen, Baker, Clucas, Tymon; Brown, Wright-Phillips.

  • Ones to watch

Gustavo Hamer

Hamer, 24, arrived at the Sky Blues in the summer of 2020 from Dutch outfit PEC Zwolle, and enjoyed a successful first season in English football. Used at both right wing-back and central midfield, he chipped in with five goals and two assists and was Coventry's star man for large parts of the season.

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The Dutchman is in outstanding form at the minute, after notching two goals and two assists so far this term. 

D'Margio Wright-Phillips

Wright-Phillips is a name on the lips of all Stoke fans at the moment, with his surname allowing those of a certain age to reminisce over his father and grandfather's exploits in the game. Joining Stoke from Manchester City in February of last year, he made his Potters bow just three weeks ago and is already turning heads throughout the English game.

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Michael O'Neill has not been apprehensive in his trust of the 20-year-old forward, and his faith was repaid with a man of the match performance last weekend on his first start for the club against Hull. He scored his first goal for the Potters in the opening minute of last weekend's defeat to Fulham.

  • Previous meetings

The last meeting between the two came in April 2021, with the Sky Blues winning 3-2 at the bet365 Stadium.

Coventry are looking to register consecutive league wins for the first time over Stoke since 2002.

Stoke are unbeaten in their last five league away games against Coventry.

  • How to watch

The game kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Tuesday January 25.

It is not available to watch in the UK, but overseas viewers can purchase match passes from £10.

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