Looking to secure a spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Stoke City will be hoping to cause an upset by defeating Premier League club Crystal Palace.
The Potters, who have dropped off the pace in the league in recent weeks, have seen off Leyton Orient and Wigan Athletic to get to the fifth round, securing a 2-0 victory in both.
The Eagles have already seen off Championship opposition in this cup competition, with the Premier League outfit running out as 2-1 winners at The Den in the third round.
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Here, we take look at two Stoke players who could hurt the top-tier side during tonight’s clash…
Starting four of Stoke’s last five league games, Nick Powell has been readjusting to Championship football.
The influential midfielder has only appeared 15 times this season, but he has five goals and two assists to his name.
Powell’s attacking intelligence, technical ability and ball-carrying abilities have seen him emerge as a top Championship player over the years and he will be vital for the Potters if they are to secure a victory, should he start.
Given time and space, Powell can certainly hurt teams and tends to link up very well with his front men.
Jacob Brown has played 39 times for the Potters already this season, proving just how valuable he is for Michael O’Neill.
His pace to get in behind and cause problems is a common feature for the Championship club when going forward, whilst his nine goals this season have been important.
Brown is someone who is just as vital when Stoke are out of possession, as he has the relentlessness and desire to press defenders and cause fear in the opposing backline.
With quality forwards options in abundance, it remains to be seen if Brown starts, but even if he does come on from the bench, then he has every chance of making a difference.