Stoke City vs Stevenage Match Analysis & Prediction
29/01/2023 5:00 pm
After eliminating Aston Villa in the previous round, Stevenage will make the trip to face Championship side Stoke City on Sunday with an FA Cup round-of-16 spot at stake.
The hosts bet Hartlepool United 3-0 in the third round and come into the contest on the back of a rampant victory over Reading in the Championship last weekend.
Following the cup victory, Stoke City travelled to take on second-placed Sheffield United and suffered a third straight league defeat, ultimately losing 3-1 at Bramall Lane after Nick Powell initially pulled it back to 2-1 late in the first half.
That result left the Potters sitting 19th in the second tier with just 30 points from their opening 27 matches, and they set out to bounce back at home to Reading last Saturday to begin a climb back up the table.
Stoke succeeded in doing so, as Will Smallbone, Tyrese Campbell, Jacob Brown and Dwight Gayle all scored in a 4-0 victory, sending them back up to 18th place as a result with just a six-point gap to the top half.
The Potters will now turn their attention to the FA Cup and aim to avoid an upset at home to fourth-tier opposition on Sunday with the chance to advance to the final 16 for the second straight season.
Meanwhile, Stevenage will aim to cause another upset, having already navigated their way through three rounds to reach this stage of the competition, firstly beating fifth-tier side Gateshead 3-2.
The Boro then travelled to face Kings Lynn Town and claimed a 3-0 victory through a Luke Norris brace and a Jamie Reid goal to set up a difficult third-round tie away at Premier League outfit Aston Villa.
Steve Evans’ side looked set to bow out of the competition as the hosts led 1-0 through Morgan Sanson’s goal in the dying embers, but Reid would convert a penalty in the 88th minute to draw his level before Dean Campbell scored at the beginning of injury time to seal a memorable win and set up a fourth-straight away cup tie.
Now coming into another tough contest as major underdogs, Stevenage will travel with plenty of confidence of their own, having won a crucial game against first-placed Leyton Orient in League Two last weekend to cut the gap to top spot to just two points.
Stoke City vs. Stevenage Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just one occasion in the EFL Cup back in August 2016, where Stoke City claimed a 4-0 away victory.
23/08/2016Stevenage0Stoke City4EFL Cup
29/01/2023Stoke CityN/AStevenageN/AFA Cup
Stoke City Team News
Jacob Brown, Dwight Gayle and Tyrese Campbell could all feature in the frontline for Stoke again after each getting a goal in the victory over Reading.
Nick Powell again misses out further back, while key man Lewis Baker should again be joined in midfield by Will Smallbone and Josh Laurent.
Stoke City's Last 5 Matches
02/01/2023Stoke City0Preston North End1Championship
08/01/2023Hartlepool United0Stoke City3FA Cup
14/01/2023Sheffield United3Stoke City1Championship
Stevenage Team News
Jamie Reid should again lead the line for Stevenage, having found the net against both Aston Villa and Leyton Orient to take his tally to eight for the season alongside five assists.
Danny Rose and Luke Norris are vying to join him in the front two, while the midfield trio of Alex Gilbey, Jake Reeves and Jordan Roberts should remain unchanged from last weekend.
Stevenage's Last 5 Matches
30/12/2022Stevenage3Crawley Town1League Two
08/01/2023Aston Villa1Stevenage2FA Cup
14/01/2023Harrogate Town1Stevenage1League Two
21/01/2023Stevenage3Leyton Orient0League Two
Stoke City vs. Stevenage: Odds and Predictions
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