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Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Sunderland (Lineups and Discuss)

Tranmere Rovers v Stoke City - Capital One Cup Third Round

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: Stoke City manager Mark Hughes looks on prior to kickoff the Capital One Cup third round match between Tranmere Rovers and Stoke City at Prenton Park on September 25, 2013 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Expect a feisty and tenacious battle at the Britannia Stadium as Mark Hughes’ Potters aim to grab their first home Premier League win since beating Crystal Palace in August.

The Potters have been struggling for goals and start with Peter Crouch and Marko Arnautovic up front to try and open up the Black Cats defense.


For Sunderland’s new manager Gus Poyet, he’s looking for a third win in his fifth game since taking charge. Jozy Altidore is once again on the bench as Steven Fletcher leads the line for Sunderland.

Both teams are desperate for three points and need to take a big ‘W’ at the Britannia.


Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Arnautovic; Crouch

Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, O’Shea, Brown, Ki, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Giaccherini, Fletcher

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