CONFIRMED: Stoke City & Hull City line-ups

Here is how Stoke City and Hull City will line up for this afternoon’s match:

Stoke City Starting XI: Begovic; Pieters, Wilson, Shawcross, Cameron; Arnautivic, Nzonzi, Whelan; Ireland, Odemwingie, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen; Muniesa, Palacios, Adam, Guidetti, Wilkinson, Etherington

Hull City Starting XI: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Davies (C), Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady

Subs: Jakupovic, Figueroa, Koren, Fryatt, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn

A win for Stoke City today will bring them to the magic 40 point mark, whilst three points for Hull City would almost certainly guarantee their Premier League safety.

Mark Hughes' Potters are in good form at the moment, losing just once in their last eight games - and that came against title challengers Manchester City in a narrow 1-0 loss.

They have also lost just twice at the Britannia Stadium this season, as Liverpool and Norwich are the only sides to grab three points, whilst Stoke have also claimed the scalps of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United this season.

Hull's 2-1 defeat at West Ham United in midweek ended a two-game winning run away from home, and Steve Bruce will look to do something he has never done before - beat Stoke away from home, having failed to do so as manager of Birmingham, Wigan and Sunderland.

Their hopes will lie with front two Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, who have been mightily impressive since arriving in January.

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