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Clucas starts: The predicted Stoke City XI to face Blackpool on Wednesday

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Stoke City will be hoping for a reaction after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Cardiff City. 

The Potters, who found themselves 3-0 up after 46 minutes, conceded three times in five minutes to allow The Bluebirds a pathway back into the game. 

Stoke are now without a win in four league games, with Saturday’s point being their only one in those four matches. 

Despite their recent struggles, Michael O’Neill’s side are a mere two points from the play-off positions but are part of a whole host of clubs who are a part of a top-six push at present. 

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Stoke’s turn in form has allowed Blackpool to occupy the final play-off spot at the moment, and it is the confident Seasiders who host The Potters tomorrow evening. 

Here, we take a look at how Stoke could line up against Neil Critchley’s side…

Josef Bursik has firmly established himself as Stoke’s starting goalkeeper last season, with Cardiff’s late fightback not likely to impact his position.

Danny Batth could be brought back into the starting XI for tomorrow’s clash, with Ben Wilmot and Harry Souttar likely to remain in the side.

Tommy Smith and Josh Tymon have both proven to be excellent attacking outlets this season, with their energy and end-product causing problems and adding an extra dimension to Stoke’s attacking play. They are also more than competent when it comes to the other side of the game too, and for those reasons, their starting places are not really in doubt.

Romaine Sawyers could be deployed ahead of Jordan Thompson and Joe Allen, as O’Neill may be thinking about the fact that out is a three-game week.

Completing the midfield could be Sam Clucas and Mario Vrancic, which would certainly show attacking intent. Nick Powell remains sidelined, with the aforementioned duo showing glimpses of their quality thus far this season.

Steven Fletcher and Jacob Brown both got on the scoresheet at the weekend, and they could be trusted once again. Sam Surridge could be brought in for this game, but as previously mentioned, it is a three-game week and he could be deployed from the start on Saturday.

Tyrese Campbell is also edging closer to a start for The Potters, but again, Saturday might be the preferred contest.


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