First Match for Stoke City FC in the Carabao Cup Confirmed

• A match that will revive the historic rivalry between the two teams

• The Carabao Cup kicks off in August

• Stoke City continues preparations under Schumacher's leadership for the upcoming season

First Match for Stoke City FC in the Carabao Cup Confirmed
First Match for Stoke City FC in the Carabao Cup Confirmed / Michael Steele/GettyImages

With the EFL Championship schedule already in place, the first opponent for Stoke City in the Carabao Cup has now been revealed. Just like the EFL Championship, the Carabao Cup will start sooner than expected in August.

This season is set to be an exciting one for Stoke City, with Steve Schumacher at the helm and Chris Cohen's efforts raising high expectations. The hope is that the new signings, along with the existing squad members who are staying, will deliver strong performances.

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A Historic Rivalry Renewed

On June 27, the Carabao Cup fixtures were officially announced, bringing Stoke City back to Brunton Park for the first time since 1985. In that historic match, Carlisle United triumphed 3-0 over Stoke City in a tough Championship encounter.

There are also memorable matches from the Premier League in 1975 when Stoke City defeated Carlisle United 5-2 at home. The previous year, in 1974, Stoke City visited Carlisle United and won 2-0 with goals from John Ritchie and Alan Hudson.

The upcoming match between Stoke City and Carlisle United will take place on August 12, marking the start of the Carabao Cup for The Potters in what promises to be an exciting first-round match. Despite being the favorites, Stoke City must remain cautious, as surprises are common in these early stages. Carlisle United, competing in League One, is also preparing thoroughly for the tournament.

With preseason just around the corner, Schumacher faces significant work ahead in August and beyond. The hope is that the results will be as positive as possible for Stoke City.