Stoke City fixtures, pre-season friendlies and Carabao Cup dates

Stoke City are deep in preparations for next season as Michael O’Neill looks to make changes that turn a mid-table side into one which can challenge for the top six.

Stoke have just finished their third season back in the Championship and it will be a busy summer transfer window with plenty of departures and hopefully the arrival of a bit of gold dust.

The EFL have confirmed a range of key dates to put in your diary ahead of what could be a memorable campaign, primarily because it will see supporters back in the stands.

That includes the Championship fixtures, which are released on Thursday, June 24 at 9am live on StokeonTrentLive.

KEY DATES

New home kit release: Friday, June 4. More information here.

New away kit release: Monday, June 28. More information here.

Pre-season tour: To be confirmed. Stoke expect to go to Belfast for a training camp and one friendly, possibly behind closed doors, in July.

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Fixture release: The 2021-22 EFL fixtures will be released on Thursday, June 24 at 9am.

bet365 Stadium test events: Team GB women v Zambia, Thursday, July 1 (7.15pm). More information here.

Crewe Alex v Stoke City friendly: Tuesday, July 20 (7pm) – all funds will go to help inspirational Ashton Hulme, a 12-year-old Stoke supporter and goalkeeper in the Crewe academy, was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer, known as Osteosarcoma, in December. More information here.

Further friendlies will be confirmed soon, including a couple at home and another away.

Youth friendlies: Rocester v Stoke City under-18s, Saturday, July 10.

The under-23s will take on Hanley Town on Saturday, July 10, Everton on Tuesday, July 13, Leek Town on Saturday, July 17 and AFC Telford on Saturday, August 7.

Carabao Cup draw: The draw, which will be screened on Sky Sports at 3:40pm on Thursday, June 24.

Teams drawn in northern and southern sections, with matches scheduled to take place the week commencing August 9. Clubs are also able to mutually agree an alternative date between July 31 and August 4.

A total of 35 fixtures will be drawn for Round One, featuring EFL debutants Sutton United and newly-promoted Hartlepool United.

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League start date: Saturday August 7 (with a live television game likely on Friday, August 6)

Transfer deadline day: Tuesday, August 31 (11pm)

Carabao Cup final: Sunday, February 27, 2022

Regular season final day: Weekend of May 7/8 May, 2022

Championship play-off final: Sunday, May 29, 2022

What are expectations for Stoke next season? Have your say in the comments section

Transfers confirmed

Out: Jordan Cousins (Wigan Athletic, free transfer), Kevin Wimmer (Rapid Wien), Liam Lindsay (Preston North End), Connor Taylor (Bristol Rovers, loan)

Early title odds

It is very early. The season doesn’t get started until August 7 and there’s a whole transfer window to play out before then.

But at this stage before the season just finished, the bookies tipped Watford, Brentford and Norwich City as the three favourites to be champions. All three went up.

Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday were the three longest odds. All three went down.

This time, it is relegated trio Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United who are runaway favourites to end up as champions.

It is newly-promoted duo Peterborough and Blackpool who are longest odds, swiftly followed by Derby County. and Huddersfield Town.

Title odds: Fulham 11/2; West Brom 15/2; Sheff Utd 8/1; Bournemouth 10/1; Swansea 14/1; Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Nottingham Forest 16/1; Blackburn, Barnsley 20/1; Reading, QPR, Millwall 25/1; Preston, Bristol City 33/1; Luton, Coventry, Birmingham, Hull 40/1; Huddersfield, Derby 50/1; Peterborough, Blackpool 66/1.



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