The Potteries has been a happy hunting ground for Bristol City over the last two seasons with the Robins enjoying back-to-back wins at the bet365 Stadium.
Three in a row at that particular stadium on Sunday afternoon would also make it four wins on the spin for Dean Holden as permanent head coach, helping ease the tension around the fanbase over his appointment.
But this is also the first real test of his management having beaten Exeter (League Two), Northampton (League One) and Coventry City (League One champions) in his first three matches.
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Robins TV will be streaming the action from the bet365 Stadium with match packs available for £10. There is also a reduced audio ticket for £2.50.
BBC Radio Bristol will be broadcasting from Stoke, with full match commentary, and their coverage starts at 1pm.
If you should want to sample Stoke City’s matchday experience then you can head to Stoke City Live and for £10 (£7 for overseas viewers) you get the match plus commentary by BBC Radio Stoke.
Or, of course, you can stay right here for Bristol Live’s matchday build-up, action and reaction via our live blog.
Dean Holden is definitely without Joe Williams and Liam Walsh (both thigh), Callum O’Dowda (groin), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and Jay Dasilva (shin/calf), while Tomas Kalas (shoulder) and Joe Morrell (calf) aren’t expected to feature.
Oliver Langford has the whistle for today’s game for his second match of the season having taken charge of Aston Villa’s 3-1 Carabao Cup win on Tuesday.
Langford presided over four City games last season, with two 1-1 draws at Birmingham and Brentford, a 3-0 win over Luton and the 3-1 loss at Blackburn following lockdown.
He also took charge of four Stoke games with two defeats (at QPR and Middlesbrough), a 2-2 draw at Leeds and a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.
Michael O’Neill, Stoke manager, said: « It’ll be a tough game, I thought they were a good side last season but they dropped away post-lockdown after challenging for a promotion place.
« We have to make sure that we’re right. We have an opportunity to have a really positive start to the season. »
Keith Downing, Bristol City assistant coach, said: « Whatever level of football you’re up against you have to have a huge amount of respect, detail and diligence about what you’re coming up against.
« If we can deliver that to the players and keep working on us with our own philosophy and be consistent with a clear and healthy environment, then that (confidence management) will take care of itself.”
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