Schedule, Preseason Friendlies, Transfer Deadline – Key Stoke City Dates for Next Season
Stoke City are in full swing for next season as Michael O’Neill looks to make changes that turn a midfield team into one that can challenge the top six.
Stoke has just completed their third season back in the Championship – and the third which ended in the lower half, although for the first time they have at least spent most of it in the upper half. before being derailed by injuries.
It will be a busy summer transfer window with many departures and, hopefully, the arrival of some gold dust.
The EFL has confirmed a series of key dates to put in your agenda ahead of what could be a momentous campaign, mainly because it will see the supporters returning to the stands.
Release of the new home kit: Friday June 4
New exterior kit and training kit: Details to be confirmed.
Early redemption period for end-of-season tickets: Friday, June 4. Ticket office open until 5 p.m. on Friday, available online until midnight.
Pre-season tour: To be confirmed. Stoke expects to travel to Belfast for a training camp in July.
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Matches Released: The EFL 2021-22 matches will be published on Thursday, June 24 at 9 a.m.
Bet365 Stadium Test Events: Friendly or Pre-Season Friendly and hopefully another event.
Crewe Alex vs. Stoke City Friendly: Tuesday, July 20 (7 p.m.) – all funds will go to the aid of Ashton Hulme, a 12-year-old Stoke supporter and Crewe Academy goalkeeper, who has been diagnosed of rare bone cancer known as osteosarcoma, in December. More information here.
Youth Friendly: Rocester v Stoke City Under 18, Saturday July 10; Leek Town vs Stoke City Under-23s, Saturday July 17th
League start date: Saturday August 7 (with a live televised match likely on Friday August 6)
First round of the Carabao Cup: with August 9
Transfer deadline: Tuesday August 31 (11 p.m.)
Carabao Cup final: Sunday February 27, 2022
Last day of the regular season: Weekend of May 7 to 8, 2022
Championship play-off final: Sunday, May 29, 2022
The composition of the championship confirmed
Relegated from the Premier League: West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, Sheffield United
Promoted from League One: City of Hull, Peterborough, Blackpool
Promoted to Premier League: Norwich, Watford, Brentford
Relegated to Ligue 1: Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wycombe Wanderers
Stay in the league: Swansea, Barnsley, Bournemouth, Reading, Cardiff, QPR, Middlesbrough, Millwall, Luton, Preston, Stoke, Blackburn, Coventry, Nottingham Forest, Birmingham, Bristol City, Huddersfield, County Derby.
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Odds of the first title
Barely have Blackpool become the 24th club confirmed for the championship next season, the bookies have released their first odds for runners and runners.
It is very early. The season does not start until August 7 and there is a whole transfer window to play before that date.
But at this stage before the end of the season, the bookies have named Watford, Brentford and Norwich City as the three favorites to be champions. All three went upstairs.
Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday were the three longest odds. All three have fallen.
This time, it is the relegated trio Fulham, West Brom and Sheffield United who are the fugitive favorites to finish champions.
The newly promoted duo Peterborough and Blackpool have the longest odds, quickly followed by County Derby. and the town of Huddersfield.
Fulham 11/2; West Brom 2/15; Sheff Utd 8/1; Bornemouth 10/1; Swansea 14/1; Cardiff, Middlesbrough, Stoke, Nottingham Forest 16/1; Blackburn, Barnsley 20/1; Reading, QPR, Millwall 25/1; Preston, City of Bristol 33/1; Luton, Coventry, Birmingham, hull 40/1; Huddersfield, Derby 50/1; Peterborough, Blackpool 66/1.