Date: 28th May 2018 at 3:03pm
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Over the weekend, Stoke City confirmed a first home pre-season friendly since 2014 where we took victory over La Liga side Real Betis. The game finished 2-0 with goals coming from Erik Pieters and Bojan, and whilst the return to home soil as a factor in seasonal build-ups was a source of delight for fans…the opposition certainly wasn’t.

Playing host to locals Wolverhampton Wanderers as part of our preparations ahead of 2018/19, the simple fact they ran away with the Championship title whilst we suffered relegation with little more than a whimper, left some calling for heads to roll when it came to making the decision.

Of course, others were quick to talk about an overreaction to the news but football is an emotional game and emotions will out. Others felt it would be a good test and grounding ahead of the coming Championship season given the battles we will now face.

Problem is, Wolves stood out in the division and their quality of play and style is more akin to Premier League opponents, not the dour, scrappy games we will now have to suffer from others.

There are plenty of other tests the club could’ve lined up for pre-season that would’ve served a better purpose than this one. If they play anything like they did this year, what Gary Rowett is supposed to learn from it eludes me.

The game is however set for Wednesday, July 25 at the Bet365 Stadium and an educated guess would be 7.45pm or 8pm for the kickoff.

 

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