|Stoke City:||William Troost-Ekong, Kiko Femenia, Tom Cleverley, Daniel Bachmann, Ismaila Sarr, Francisco Sierralta, Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Adam Masina, Joao Pedro and Troy Deeney|
|Watford:||Joe Allen, Harry Souttar, James McClean, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Nathan Collins, Jack Clarke, Josef Bursik, Nick Powell, Sam Clucas, John Mikel Obi and James Chester|
|Goals:||Troy Deeney (0-1, min. 64), Ismaila Sarr (0-2, min. 68) and Steven Fletcher (1-2, min. 83)|
Stoke City on Friday lost to Watford on a home defeat at Bet365 Stadium. Stoke City arrived with the intention of increasing their league score after a 3-3 draw against Rotherham United. Watford were coming from consecutive wins against Barnsley and Huddersfield Town. As it stands, Stoke City are in 8th place, with 37 points from 26 matches, while Watford sit in 3rd, with 46 points from 26.
After an uneventful first half, Watford continued to apply pressure the second half and were rewarded, beginning with Troy Deeney opening the scoring, 64 minutes in. Later, Watford scored again and increased their lead thanks to a goal from Ismaila Sarr to make it 2-0. However, Stoke City hit back, 83 minutes in, with a goal from Steven Fletcher, and the game ended 2-1.
For Stoke City Steven Fletcher, Rabbi Matondo and Sam Vokes came on for Sam Clucas, Rhys Norrington-Davies and Jack Clarke, while Watford brought on Philip Zinckernagel, Craig Cathcart, Jeremy Ngakia, Ben Wilmot and Andre Gray to replace Will Hughes, Francisco Sierralta, Kiko Femenia, Tom Cleverley and Joao Pedro.
There were bookings for Nathan Collins from Stoke City and Francisco Sierralta and Kiko Femenia for Watford.
Stoke City will play their next fixture away against Huddersfield Town, while Watford will face Queens Park Rangers at home.