Here is the potential Stoke City side to play Blackburn this weekend.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes will be hoping for a much more effective performance from his side against Blackburn than they produced against Manchester City last night.
It’s a chance for Stoke to forget about the pressure that comes with the league and focus on playing well in a cup game and entertaining the travelling fans, who are off to the match to get behind the team.
Stoke will be favourites for the game because they have superior quality and they should also have enough about them in a physical sense to get the better of the Championship outfit.
Hughes might make one or two changes to his team, but it’s a chance for anyone coming in to impress and throw down a claim for a starting place when the Premier League action returns.
Stoke have conceded fewer goals on the road this season than Chelsea, which shows they are a very difficult team to get the better of even when they go to grounds where they are under the thumb in a difficult atmosphere.
Here’s the possible side that Hughes might go with.
Stoke City: Begovic, Cameron, Wollscheid, Muniesa, Bardsley, N’Zonzi, Adam, Sidwell, Arnautovic, Diouf, Crouch