Predicted Stoke City line-up to face Hull City in the Championship this weekend
Stoke City have made a disastrous start to their Championship campaign, losing 2 and drawing 2 games to muster a total of 2 points. The Potters are currently languishing in the Championship’s relegation zone and things could get worse if they don’t make amends against Hull City this weekend.
The pressure is starting to mount on manager Gary Rowett and he has to deliver sooner than later.
The Potters will rue the absence of centre-back Ashley Williams, who was sent off in the last game against Wigan Athletic. Gary Rowett is facing a defensive crisis with Bruno Martins Indi also out injured and has to tinker his squad a little for the game.
Probable Stoke City XI
Manager: Gary Rowett
Jack Butland (GK)
Butland is one of the Potters’ leading performers and will surely start in goal.
Thomas Edward (RB)
The youngster has proven that he has the potential to flourish. He should start at right-back.
Ryan Shawcross (CB)
With Ashley Williams and Martins Indi out, Shawcross has to put in a dominant performance at the back.
Cuco Martina (CB)
The full-back is also capable of playing as a centre-back. It’s Gary Rowett’s only choice right now.
Erik Pieters (LB)
Pieters has been marauding forward in order to support the Potters’ attack. He has already scored 1 goal this season.
Tom Ince (RM)
Ince is a vital presence on the right flank and should definitely start this game.
Darren Fletcher (RCM)
The former Manchester United midfielder will bring a sense of stability and security in the middle of the park.
Joe Allen (LCM)
Allen’s passing ability is vital to the Potters in the final third. He should be deployed in his favoured role.
James McClean (LM)
McClean is yet to involve himself in any of the goals but there’s no doubt his ability will come good for the Potters.
The former Barcelona man looked lively after coming on in the previous game. He should be handed a start against the Tigers.
Benik Afobe (ST)
Afobe has already registered 2 goals in 4 games and should aim to resurrect the Potters from the dead.