Stoke City return to action in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend and will be looking to continue their recent resurgence under Michael O’Neill.
The Potters made a poor start to the season under Nathan Jones, but results have improved considerably since O’Neill took charge at the Bet365 Stadium in November.
Stoke are currently 21st in the Championship table – one point above the relegation zone – and have won two out of their last three league games.
They’re unbeaten in their last three home matches and will be looking for another positive result at the Bet365 Stadium tomorrow afternoon, but they face a tough game against Gary Rowett’s Millwall.
Here is the Stoke line-up that O’Neill should play for the clash at the Bet365 Stadium…
O’Neill decided to make seven changes to his starting XI for the FA Cup clash against Brentford last weekend, but he should name a strong line-up for this game against Millwall.
Jack Butland was rested for the cup defeat at Griffin Park, but he should return in goal here. He hasn’t kept a clean sheet in his last four matches, so he’ll be determined to keep one tomorrow.
Bruno Martins Indi and Tommy Smith should occupy the full-back positions, with Liam Lindsay and Danny Batth starting alongside each other at centre-back.
It’ll be a tough game for Stoke against a strong and physical Millwall side, so O’Neill should name an experienced back four. With this in mind, Nathan Collins and Tom Edwards are likely to return to the substitutes’ bench.
Nick Powell got himself a goal in the previous league game against Huddersfield Town. He’ll be looking to build on that performance and should start in midfield, alongside Sam Clucas and Joe Allen.
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Sam Vokes and Tyrese Campbell (2) both scored in the win at Huddersfield, so they should both start in this game, along with James McClean.
McClean should start on the left, with Campbell operating from the right and Vokes playing as the central striker. Lee Gregory should drop back to the bench.
Campbell has been in good form over the past few matches and has been linked with moves to Celtic and Rangers recently, so he’ll be keen to impress again.
Tom Ince has been in poor form over the past few weeks and produced another disappointing performance in the cup defeat at Brentford. It’s not happening for him at the moment, so he should be dropped to the bench for this game.
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