As the international break draws to a close, Stoke have the tough task of facing an in-form Sheffield Wednesday side.
Coming off a bad result against West Brom, the Potters desperately need to have a positive performance at Hillsbrough. The Owls are in fantastic form so it won’t be an easy game for sure, but Rowett and his players desperately need to make a point to the rest of the league, that they can still be promotion challengers.
During the international break Stoke were hit with a bit of injury trouble with Irish winger James McClean breaking his arm in training. This has provided a real problem for Rowett as we currently only have one senior winger fit in Tom Ince. Which begs the question, who will start out wide?
The easy option would be to stick Mame Diouf out there, who would offer a similar type of presence to McClean out wide working hard but not so great technically. Personally, I would like to see Bojan involved out wide despite it not being his normal position. The way Rowett has set up Stoke has meant Bojan’s main role as a traditional ten has seen him not needed. However, a role out wide could see one of our most talented players back involved in the team.
I expect Stoke to have most of the ball but what we’ll do with it is a different story. Wednesday have shown that they are very resolute defensively, so breaking them down will be a tough ask. I think with the players having two weeks without football will stifle their momentum, however.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Stoke City
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