Seven changes to Canary side at Britannia Stadium
SEVEN changes were made to the starting line-up from Tuesday night's 3-2 Capital One Cup win over Watford.
This included John Ruddy in goal, with Michael Turner returning to partner Ryan Bennett in the centre of defence - and a strong midfield trio of Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson and Alex Tettey. Attacking options were provided by Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass on either flank with Ricky van Wolfswinkel recovering from a toe injury to lead the City line.
Named on a strong bench were strikers Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander as well as youngster Josh Murphy who impressed on his debut on Tuesday.
CITY: Ruddy, Martin, Turner, R. Bennett, Olsson, Tettey, Fer, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, van Wolfswinkel. Subs: Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, Josh Murphy, Elmander, Hoolahan, Hooper.
STOKE: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters, Walters, Nzonzi, Wilson, Adam, Arnautovic, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Pennant, Palacios, Assaidi, Crouch, Ireland.