Stoke in narrow win over Blackburn. Could have keeper issues with Bursik cup tied but Lonergan is fit.
Stoke have not been pretty of late but defensively magnificent and proved it again with a 1-0 victory against freescoring Blackburn on Saturday.
Whilst the defence has been superb they are not threatening in attack, failing to score more than one goal in any of the last seven matches, the absence of Tyrese Campbell being an obvious factor in that lack of form in attack.
Home form in the league has been pretty good with five wins.
Will have to make a change in goal with Joe Bursik, so impressive recently, unable to play as he is cup tied. With Adam Davies, Angus Gunn and Niki Maenpaa all out, Andy Lonergan could make his debut after shaking off non-Covid illness. However Blondy Nna Noukeu is also being considered.
Campbell remains out injured while Joe Allen, Sam Clucas and Lee Gregory are also still missing. John Obi Mikel is also missing with Stoke unlikely to make many changes.