Paul Lambert will be without Mame Biram Diouf for the home meeting with Manchester City after the forward suffered a dislocated shoulder in the goalless draw at Southampton. So one of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting or Peter Crouch look set to start as the lone striker in the same 4-1-4-1 formation. If Choupo-Moting gets the nod, one of Konstantinos Stafylidis, Jese Rodriguez and Ramadan Sobhi should come in on the left side of midfield. Erik Pieters is an option at left-back should Stafylidis be moved further forward. Other changes appear unlikely unless Lambert considers changing system, with the fit-again Ryan Shawcross an option if the Potters boss considers using a five-man defence. Lee Grant and Stephen Ireland remain sidelined.
Bauer – Zouma – Martins – Pieters
Shaqiri – Ndiaye – Allen– Stafylidis