Leicester City vs Stoke City

Stoke travel to the King Power Stadium tomorrow looking to avenge their 1-0 defeat to the Foxes in September.

Leonardo Ulloa’s second half goal at the Britannia sent the Potters to their second home loss of the season.

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Mark Hughes will be hoping for a better showing from his side after their dismal 3-0 beating at Arsenal, where they lacked any composure on the ball, quality and fight.

Erik Pieters is a doubt for the Potters after going off injured at half-time on Sunday, whilst Victor Moses could feature from the start after being in contention last Sunday.

Hughes told the club’s website: “Erik [Pieters] is a bit of a worry for us to be fair. We had hoped that it would of settled down by now.”

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The Welshmen remains ‘hopeful’ over the fitness of Steven N’Zonzi, who also went off with Pieters at half-time, as his groin fatigue has settled.

Mame Biram Diouf remains unavailable until February as he is on international duty with Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.

Nigel Pearson’s men are dangerous opposition and have pulled off some big results at home including that 5-3 epic against Manchester United.

Last weekend they defeated West Midlands rivals 1-0 thanks to a Paul Konchesky goal on the stroke of half time.

However the hosts will be without Matty James who is suspended after being sent off for an over the top challenge on Jores Okore.

Leicester will be without many usual regulars with Cambiasso, Hammond, Schmeichel and Schlupp, who are all injured, whilst Mahrez is on international with Algeria at the African Cup of Nations.

But Pearson is hoping the club have received the work permit of Andrej Kramaric allowing him to make his Foxes debut.

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He told the press that Danny Drinkwater is back in contention after training this week after overcoming a groin problem picked up on New Year’s Day.

The match official is Birmingham based Andre Marriner, who will take charge of both sides for the first time this season.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

The Stoke City line-up the last time the teams met at the then Walkers Stadium in 2007/08 was: Simonsen, Wright, Shawcross, Zakuani, Wilkinson, Lawrence, Delap, Matteo, Cresswell, Parkin and Fuller.

That match finished 1-1 with Ricardo Fuller scoring for the Potters.


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