Stoke City v Sunderland U23: Premier League 2 play-off rules, stream details, ticket information and team news
Sunderland’s under-23 side could take a step towards promotion when they head to Stoke City on Monday evening.
The Black Cats’ second string – who currently play in the second tier of Premier League 2 – are in the end of season promotion play-offs and head to the Bet365 Stadium on Monday evening looking to take a step closer to the top tier.
And ahead of the clash, here’s everything you need to know:
When is Stoke City v Sunderland U23?
Sunderland will travel to face Stoke City on Monday, May 17.
Kick-off is scheduled for 7pm at the Bet365 Stadium.
Are they any tickets available for Stoke City v Sunderland U23?
Yes, up to 2,000 fans will be able to attend the fixture as government restrictions ease.
Over 1,200 seats have already been snapped up with tickets now available on general sale.
Tickets can be purchased online and are priced at £5.
They can be purchased up until 4:30pm on the day of the game.
What are the rules and format of the Premier League 2 play-offs?
Two teams are promoted from Premier League 2 Division 2 each season – the league winners (who this year are Leeds United) and the winners of the play-offs
Four teams take part in the play-offs with 2nd playing 5th and 3rd facing-off against 4th in one-legged semi-finals. The games have to be played at the main ground of the team who finished higher in the league.
The winners of each semi-final then face off in a final which is held at the main ground of the finalist who finished highest in the league.
Who is in the teams for Stoke City v Sunderland U23?
Sunderland are expected to include the likes of Anthony Patterson, Dan Neil, Oliver Younger and Josh Hawkes in their side for the semi-final.
Recent trialists such as Tom Scott could also be involved.
Lee Johnson could also opt to use the game to hand opportunities to some players in need of fitness ahead of the League One play-offs.
How can I follow Stoke City v Sunderland U23? Is there a stream?
Stoke City have yet to confirm whether they will be streaming the game – but The Echo will be providing a live blog from the Bet365 Stadium for the game.