Stoke City v Norwich City: Five players under the spotlight

Stoke City Britannia Stadium

Stoke welcome Norwich to the Britannia stadium on Sunday lunchtime.

Odds: Stoke Evens, Draw 12/5, Norwich 33/10

Last season 1-0

Stoke seem to be progressing pretty well under Mark Hughes despite last week’s to Arsenal. After a pretty tough start to the season they currently sit on seven points and have made it through to the last 16 of the League Cup after a 2-0 win over Tranmere. Norwich, come into this game on the back of a 3-2 win at Watford in the League Cup but have only managed to pick up four points so far this season having lost last weekend’s encounter at Carrow Road to Aston Villa.

On the injury front, Norwich could welcome back Ronnie Van Wolfswinkel after recovering from an ankle injury, whilst Erik Pieters could be in line for selection for Stoke after a calf injury.

Charlie Adam

Mark Hughes seems to be a pretty big fan of Adam so expect to see a lot of him on the ball in this game, and having scored the winner in this fixture last season, will he haunt Norwich again?

Peter Crouch

He got off the mark for the season in the League Cup against Tranmere, will Hughes give him the nod on Saturday to try and allow Crouch to develop some good form?

Robert Snodgrass

He can be quite an infuriating player to watch, but when Snodgrass is on his game he can be quite a handful. Though it’s early days in the season, Norwich might need him to produce a really good performance here.

Gary Hooper

He waited for a little while to get his Norwich debut but he came on against Aston Villa in the Premier League, but followed it up by playing 90 minutes in midweek and scoring twice against Watford in the League Cup. Is that enough to earn him a start?

Asmir Begovic

The Stoke stopper looked a little uncertain last week at the Emirates Stadium. None of the goals he conceded were howlers but you could say they were preventable, so he will be looking to put in a solid performance to put last week behind him.

Last time they met

Stoke 1-0 Norwich Premier League 2013

Charlie Adam scored the only goal of the game just after half-time as Stoke’s relegation fears were eased as they finished the day eight points clear of the drop zone with only nine available. Norwich however, still had a bit more of a wait, as they were a further two points behind Stoke.

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