STOKE TO GO AGAINST BRISTOL CITY IN CARABAO CUP

Stoke City would go up against Bristol City on Tuesday when both sides clash in the Carabao Cup. The Premier League side would be hoping to get some respite at the back of their loss to Newcastle in the Premier League. Manager Mark Hughes would also be looking at reaching the fourth round of the competition so his senior squad members are expected to partake in the game.

Bristol recently thrashed Derby 4-1 at home and they would be in high morale as they play Stoke at their Ashton Gate ground. However, they would be without Cauley Woodrow and Jonathan Leko. The coach Lee Johnson would hand minutes to Hordur Magnusson and Niclas Eliasson though. Read More…

Stoke City keeps hold of Ireland despite his season ending injury

For the 1st time in the entire playing career of Stephen Ireland, he failed to make a single competitive appearance for his club during the 2016-17 English Premier League season due to an injury that the Irish midfielder sustained back on April.

O’NEILL RETAINS INTEREST IN WES HOOLAHAN

Coach Martin O’Neill remains focused on Wes Hoolahan as he plays to the strength of players in the squad.


The manager has recognized the ability of the player so he would keep him close though he prefers to play with the midfield options he has.

REMEMBERING THE YOUNG STEPHEN IRELAND

Once upon a time a decade ago, there was a youngster called Stephen Ireland.


The Republic of Ireland played Wales in a Euro qualifier in Dublin. Bale was then with Southampton as a youngster but he showed potential of growing into something extraordinary. He was just 17 year old.

Is Al Jazira still interested in signing Stephen Ireland?

In the early stages of 2016, the Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland was believed to be nearing a move to the Arab Emirates as rumors were linking him with Al Jazira as the club was attempting to replace the Brazilian midfielder ThiagoNeves.

STEPHEN IRELAND’S CAREER SEEM TO BE OVER

Thirty-year old Stephen Ireland’s career seems to be over as he has failed to live up to the hype when he started his career.


The Corkman seemed to be on the path to being a legend but all of that has failed to happen. The veteran has shared the dressing room with numerous players who have gone on to become stars in their own right.

PLAYERS WITH SAME SURNAME AS THEIR COUNTRIES

Some players share the same names as their countries.


One common example is Irish professional footballer who plays for Premier League side Stoke City, Stephen Ireland. The player’s surname is the same as his nationality. Another is ex-Hellas Verona midfielder, Vincenzo Italiano whose surname is his nationality in his native language.

Mark Hughes Still Confident of Top 10 Finish at Stoke City

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes believes that he is still capable of delivering a top ten finish this season despite having no victories even after five games into the campaign.

The home match against West Brom on Saturday was a great opportunity for the club to get the first league win under way. However, it was not to be as the two teams could only manage a 1-1 draw. As a result, the club remain just one place above the bottom of the table and are fast being pulled into a relegation battle even at this early stage in the campaign.

Martin O’Neill believes Time Gap was responsible for better Playing from his Team

Martin O’Neill believes what got the better of his team in the Round of 16 is the fact that his players were on the pitch playing second game in a space of 5 days in comparison to the French team which had a week’s gap ahead of the encounter.

According to O’ Neill, having bigger recovery time means you would have more gas in the tank walking into the game and that, in the latter stages, makes a difference as you can beat the opposition in pace which France did.

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