Stoke City v Hull City

Mark Hughes looks set to name an unchanged side as Stoke go in search of consecutive wins.

Ryan Shawcross remains out, and will miss the match with Everton on Wednesday, as the club tries to manage his back injury without the captain requiring surgery.

Erik Pieters is fit after going off with pain in scar tissue from his hernia operation against Aston Villa. While, Geoff Cameron is available after serving his one-match ban last weekend.

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Hughes told the media: “Erik (Pieters) tightened up a little bit towards the end of the game last weekend and couldn’t continue so it was best for us to take him off given the circumstances.”

The Potters have lost three times in their last twelve Premier League matches. Those three defeats came against the current top three of the league in Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

While they have scored a 90th-minute goal in three of the last four Premier League matches.

Hull City will also be able to name the same side that saw them beat QPR last weekend.

Mohamed Diame remains out with his knee injury, which will see him out for a further two weeks.

Liam Rosenior, James Chester and Robert Snodgrass are the other trio unavailable for Steve Bruce to pick from due to injuries.

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Bruce spoke positively of Stoke saying: “A club like Stoke is something we can aspire to. We’ve got to try and stay up here. The longer you’re in it, the better your squad becomes, the better your facilities become and that has to be my aim here.”

Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has scored in three of his last four league appearances for Hull where he has played at least 45 minutes, whilst Dame N’Doye has scored two and assisted another in his two league starts to date.

Neil Swarbrick takes charge after being a replacement for Chris Foy. The Lancashire official has dished out 101 yellow card and sent-off three players in his 24 matches so far this season.

He took charge of Stoke’s defeats against Chelsea and Sunderland while he was the man in black for Hull in their draws with Liverpool and Newcastle. He also took charge of their defeat to West Brom.

Andy Garratt and Stephen Child will assist Mr Swarbrick.


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