Rowett to make 7 changes – Strongest 4-4-1-1 Stoke XI to face Huddersfield Town

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Predicted Stoke City line-up to face Huddersfield Town in the EFL Cup

Stoke City will be relieved to have picked up their first league win of the season against Hull City after the Potters won 2-0 at the Bet365 stadium. The pressure was starting to mount on Gary Rowett and his men but a win should help them gain some momentum.

The Potters now take on a Huddersfield side who are yet to claim a win this season. This presents Gary Rowett with the perfect opportunity to make amends to a bad start.

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Gary Rowett will be without the suspended Ashley Williams who picked up a red card in the previous week.

Rowett is expected to make the changes in order to keep the squad fresh ahead of their next league clash.

Probable Stoke City XI

Manager: Gary Rowett

Formation: 4-4-1-1

Adam Federici (GK)

A league cup game presents the perfect opportunity for the new signing to make a name for himself.

Mortiz Bauer (RB)

The Austrian was benched in the league game and should be given a start against the Terriers. His marauding runs will pose all sorts of problems for their fragile defence.

Harry Souttar (CB)

The youngster should be handed a start, providing Shawcross with some much needed rest.

Martins Indi (CB)

The former Porto defender should be partnered alongside the youngster in order to ensure stability and confidence.

Erik Pieters (LB)

Stoke are in the midst of a slight defensive crisis, which means Pieters should start this game as well.

Mame Biram Diouf (RM)

Diouf has done well after being shifted to the right-hand side of the midfield. He should be deployed in a similar role in this game as well.

Charlie Adam (RCM)

Adam was benched during the weekend which means he should play this game. His passing ability and range will be crucial for the Potters.

Darren Fletcher (LCM)

The former Manchester United man should provide defensive cover and security in the middle of the park.

James McClean (LM)

McClean finally picked up his first Stoke goal and will be aiming to get another one against a mediocre Huddersfield side.

Bojan (CAM)

The former Barcelona midfielder can run riot in the final third with his direct runs and slick moves.

Read more: Enough is enough: Stoke City must offload this out-of-favor £18.3m signing before the European window shuts

Benik Afobe (ST)

Undoubtedly, Stoke’s best striker this season. He was brought on as a substitute in the last game and will be itching for a start.

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