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Stoke City will bring their season to an end with a clash against Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium on the final day of the Premier League season, on Sunday.
The Potters sit at 14th place in the league table in what has been a disappointing campaign for manager Mark Hughes and his men. Stoke come into the game on the back of a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal and will be itching to finish off the campaign with a win over Claude Puel’s Saints who themselves haven’t been in great form.
Marko Arnautovic will undergo a late fitness test in order to determine if he can take part, following his elbow injury. Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland are confirmed absentees.
The 24-year old has looked decent after returning from a long-term injury. But having conceded four in the last game, he will want to keep a clean sheet to sign off.
The former Liverpool man has had a fairly decent season at right-back. Should keep his place in the starting eleven.
The captain will take his rightful place at the heart of the defence. Will have to deal with the zippy Manolo Gabbiadini.
The on-loan defender is set to make his final appearance for Stoke as he will be returning to Porto at the end of the season.
Another Dutchman in the line-up, Erik Pieters will take the field at left-back to complete the backline.
The USMNT international will start the game in the middle of the park, ahead of the likes of Charlie Adam and Gianelli Imbula.
The Irishman will provide the necessary defensive solidity in the midfield, against the threat of Dusan Tadic and Steven Davies.
The Swiss international will start on the right wing and can cause some serious issues to the Saints defence.
Has scored 6 times this season and has set up 2 as well. Will want to finish the season on a strong note.
With doubts over the involvement of Marko Arnautovic, the young and promising Ramadan Sobhi will get a start on the left flank.
Hughes has stuck with the former Manchester United man ahead of the likes of Peter Crouch and Saido Berahino in recent weeks. May not look to change that.