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Gary Rowett to make 3 changes – Strongest 4-3-3 Stoke City XI to face Swansea City

Predicted Stoke City line-up to face Swansea City in the Championship

Stoke City were only able to come away with a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday this weekend as the pressure mounts on Gary Rowett. The Potters are now 1 point above the relegation zone and are going to be in real trouble if an immediate response is not shown against Swansea City.

The Swans were unable to get past Nottingham Forest and finished the game 0-0 but are in good form going into this game. Gary Rowett definitely has to come away with a win to ease the pressure.

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James McClean is still out due to an injury and will miss out on this game as well. Apart from long-term absentees Sam Clucas and Ibrahim Afellay, Stoke have a fully fit squad. Slight changes can be expected from the manager as he aims to freshen things up.

Probable Stoke City XI

Manager: Gary Rowett

Formation: 4-3-3

Jack Butland (GK)

Butland should continue in goal despite showing a dip in his form this season. Nevertheless, the goalkeeper is an excellent shot-stopper.

Jack Butland

Cuco Martina (RB)

The Everton loanee has looked comfortable on the right flank and should start this game as well.

Ryan Shawcross (CB)

Shawcross is the leader at the back for Stoke City and his presence will be vital for the Potters.

Ashley Williams (CB)

Williams has looked good after making the loan move from Everton. He should partner Shawcross in this game.

Erik Pieters (LB)

Pieters is fit enough to play consecutive games and should start in this one as well.

Darren Fletcher (RCM)

Fletcher was benched for the game against Sheffield Wednesday and should start in the middle of the park.

Joe Allen (LCM)

Allen’s quick passing and distribution has always been a massive asset for the Potters. Gary Rowett will need more of the same from the Welshman.

Joe Allen

Bojan (CAM)

Bojan should be given a run against Swansea City. The former Barcelona man tends to step up in big games.

Tom Ince (RW)

Ince is yet to hit full stride for the Potters this season but his supply down the right side has been good.

Benik Afobe (ST)

Afobe scored a brace against Sheffield Wednesday during the weekend and is Stoke’s main source of threat going into this game.

Read more: Fantastic Afobe, Promising Woods – Here’s how the Stoke players fared in the 2-2 draw vs Sheffield Wednesday

Mame Biram Diouf (LW)

Diouf should continue at left-wing given that James McClean is still out injured.