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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,005) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Halsey

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Tony Pulis: Hoping home soil advantage plays into Stoke's hands

Tony Pulis: Hoping home soil advantage plays into Stoke's hands

Stoke and Sunderland are locked together in the Premier League table, but will be hoping to start climbing the division on Saturday.

Both sides have collected eight points so far, with the Potters having played a game more than their weekend rivals.

Just one win apiece suggests neither is in the best of form, with Tony Pulis and Martin O'Neill still searching for a spark to ignite their respective campaigns.

Lift-off could be achieved this weekend, with one performance often all it takes to shake off the shackles.

Stoke will feel that home advantage could play into their hands, but a 10-match unbeaten run at the Britannia Stadium stretches back to a meeting with Sunderland in February.

The Black Cats will be looking to repeat that particular away day trick on Saturday, but they have gone 11 games without a win on the road since overcoming the Potters.

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Stoke boss Pulis could welcome midfielder Glenn Whelan back into his side.

Whelan returned to training on Thursday after recovering from the hamstring problem he picked up in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

Pulis has no other injury worries ahead of the clash at the Britannia but striker Cameron Jerome could be set to leave the club on loan before the weekend after Championship side Blackburn were strongly linked with a move for the player.

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Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is poised to return to O'Neill's plans.

The 24-year-old midfielder has missed the last three games through suspension after being sent-off for the seventh time in his career during the 2-0 Capital One Cup third-round victory at MK Dons on 25th September.

Full-back Phil Bardsley has a chance of being involved for the first time this season after making the bench for Sunday's derby draw with Newcastle following his recovery from an ankle injury, but central defender Titus Bramble (hip flexor) remains a doubt and Wes Brown (knee) is still sidelined.

Previous game's starting line-ups

  • Begovic 1 Begovic
  • Cameron 20 Cameron
  • Shawcross 17 Shawcross
  • Muniesa 5 Muniesa

  • Pieters 3 Pieters
  • N'Zonzi 15 N'Zonzi
  • Whelan 6 Whelan
  • Walters 19 Walters

  • Adam 16 Adam
  • Arnautovic 10 Arnautovic

  • Diouf 18 Diouf

Team taken from Stoke City vs Liverpool (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015

  • Mannone 25 Mannone
  • Jones 2 Jones
  • Coates 22 Coates
  • O'Shea 16 O'Shea
  • van Aanholt 3 van Aanholt
  • Rodwell 8 Rodwell
  • Larsson 7 Larsson
  • Johnson A 11 Johnson A

  • Wickham 10 Wickham
  • Defoe 28 Defoe
  • Fletcher 9 Fletcher

Team taken from Sunderland vs Chelsea (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 24th May 2015

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