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Big Match Preview: Stoke City home

City welcome Mark Hughes' Premier League Stoke City to Ashton Gate tonight in the Carabao Cup third round.

Lee Johnson's side will be hoping to overcome the Potters and reach the fourth round of the competition for the second successive year.

Here’s a look at the tonight's opponents.


Formed 1863
Nickname The Potters
Twitter @stokecity
Ground Bet365 Stadium
Capacity 30,089

Division Two 1932/33, 1962/63
Division Two runners-up 1921/22, 2007/08
Division Three 1926/27, 1992/93
FA Cup runners-up 2010/11
League Cup winners 1971/71
League Cup runners-up 1963/64
Football League Trophy 1991/92, 1999/00
Watney Cup 1972/73

Last season
League Finish 13th
FA Cup Third round, lost to Wolves
EFL Cup Third round, lost to Hull City
Top Scorer Peter Crouch, ten goals
Player of the Year Lee Grant
Average Attendance 27,433


Stoke City are now enjoying their tenth consecutive season in the Premier League, having pipped City to promotion in the process back in 2007/08.

The two teams have not met since the decisive contest at the Britannia Stadium on April 19th 2008, when two goals from Mamady Sidibe in front of the Sky Sports cameras put the Potters in the promotion driving seat.

Stoke went on to clinch the second automatic promotion spot behind West Brom, leaving City to suffer a heartbreaking Wembley defeat to Hull City in the play-off final.

Under the stewardship of Tony Pulis and now Mark Hughes the Staffordshire club have become a mainstay at English football’s top table and reached the FA Cup final in 2011.

The Carabao Cup offers a realistic chance of bringing silverware to Bet365 Stadium, although Stoke supporters will be feeling positive about the team’s start to the Premier League season, which has seen them beat Arsenal and hold Manchester United to a thrilling 2-2 draw.

Mark Hughes has taken charge of, and played for, five clubs in the Premier League


The former Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich forward took a unique route into management by beginning life in the dugout as an international boss.

Appointed to the helm of the Wales national team in 1999, Hughes took his country to the brink of Euro 2004 only to lose against Russia in the play-offs.

Since then his managerial career has taken him to Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.

In May 2013 he had the unenviable task of following in the footsteps of Tony Pulis at Stoke City, the man who had guided them into the Premier League.

But he guided them to three successive ninth-place finishes in the top flight, their best achievement since 1974/75.

An experienced midfielder who reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals with Wales


Wales international midfielder who moved to the Britannia Stadium from Liverpool in 2016.

Allen came through the ranks at Swansea City, having been born and raised in nearby Carmarthen, playing sporadically in his early years as the Welsh club landed the League One title.

His second promotion in South Wales came in 2011, when Swansea beat Reading 4-2 in the Championship play-off final.

Allen excelled on the big stage, prompting Liverpool to splash out £15m for his services in August 2012.

He had three seasons at Anfield before moving to Stoke, fresh from being named in the Euro 2016 Team of the Tournament as Wales reached the semi-finals in France.

City were victorious the last time the teams met at Ashton Gate


Bristol City 1-0 Stoke City
Elliott 35.

Just over 15,000 supporters were in attendance to see if City could continue their promising start to life in the Coca-Cola Championship against Stoke City.

Tony Pulis was the pantomime villain, jeered throughout by home supporters who still hadn’t forgiven him for his brief spell in charge at Ashton Gate.

Marvin Elliott produced the defining moment of the game in the 35th minute. Not known for his long-ranging shooting, the summer signing from Millwall let fly with his less-favoured left foot and watched on as the ball looped to deceive Steve Simonsen in the visiting goal.

Bradley Orr produced a goal-line clearance to keep out Rory Delap’s free kick on the hour, and then went close to sealing the win with a long-range effort of his own late on.

Sadly, Stoke would have the last laugh later in the season by pipping City to automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Bristol City: Basso, Orr, Carey, Fontaine, McAllister, Sproule (Skuse 90), Johnson, Elliott, McIndoe, Noble (Byfield 14), Trundle (McCombe 90). Subs Not Used: Henderson, Murray.

Stoke City: Simonsen, Wilkinson (Wright 83), Zakuani, Shawcross, Dickinson, Delap, Eustace, Matteo, Lawrence (Sweeney 80), Fuller, Pericard (Parkin 59). Subs Not Used: Hoult, Hill.


Geoff Eltringham
John Flynn and Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable

Betting (via SkyBet)
City 16/5
Draw 13/5
Stoke 17/20