Stoke City host Derby County tonight in what is a very important game for Gary Rowett’s men as they look to climb the table.
The Potters, who started the season as favourites for the title, have stuttered so far and find themselves in the bottom half and eight points behind sixth place, which is occupied by tonight’s opponents.
The Staffordshire side have been drawing too many games recently and were held to a 2-2 against QPR last time out.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Rowett has decided to make changes, with Cuco Martina, Erik Pieters and Peter Etebo replacing Tom Edwards, Bruno Martins Indi and James McClean.
???? Gary Rowett makes three changes for tonight's game against @dcfcofficial at the bet365 Stadium.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 28, 2018
That highlights the strength in depth at Rowett’s disposal and he will be desperate for those that come in to make an impact against his former club.
Although, it’s fair to say that some of the supporters weren’t too pleased with the starting XI.
Here’s how a section reacted on Twitter after the team was announced…
Happy with that bar Indi, I think him and Williams is an a lot more solid partnership than Shawcross and Williams
— Stoke City Social (@stokecitysocial) November 28, 2018
How awful is our bench
— Josh Brookes (@RealJBrookes) November 28, 2018
Clucas how’s he retained his place? Edwards dropped, what’s that about? And where’s Bo?
— Ricky (@RMcCarthy93) November 28, 2018
No bojan ?
— ollie long (@ollie_long93) November 28, 2018
Now can we have the actual team lads?
— Ben (@ScfcBen) November 28, 2018
— Wato (@Etebola) November 28, 2018
Hfjfjffjfjffufifififif get this clown out of management ASAP
— 伟 (@SCFCWei) November 28, 2018