Date: 13th January 2016 at 8:10am
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Norwich City travel to a Stoke City side looking to maintain their challenge for European football.

The Potters are still competing for both domestic cups – thanks to their FA Cup win at Doncaster and a League Cup semi-final, second-leg against Liverpool still to be played.

However, Mark Hughes’ side lost their last league outing; former manager Tony Pulis came back to haunt City as West Bromwich Albion completed the double over them with a 2-1 triumph at the Hawthorns.

Before that, Stoke, who have lost four and won four of their nine home league games, had collected six points by beating Manchester United on Boxing Day and then Everton, at Goodison Park, two days later.

Their visitors’ two successive home wins against Aston Villa and Southampton mean that the Canaries are now perched in 15th, five points clear of danger.

The league is now also Alex Neil’s only concern for the remainder of the campaign, after his side were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester City on Saturday.

However, the Scot knows his side’s away form – two wins from 10 matches – will need to improve if the Carrow Road outfit are to avoid a relegation battle come the end of the campaign.

Team News:

Marc Muniesa, Geoff Cameron and Stephen Ireland are rated 50-50 to feature for the hosts.

Norwich will have to wait to see if Matt Jarvis is fit enough to play; the winger has been carrying a mediate cruciate ligament injury and has not featured since October.

Lewis Grabban has left to rejoin Bournemouth and Ivo Pinto will not be considered for selection after having just signed from Dinamo Zagreb.

League Positions: Stoke City – 10th (29 pts); Norwich City – 15th (23 pts)
Previous Meeting: Norwich City 1-1 Stoke City, August 22, 2015
League Form: Stoke City – LDLWWL; Norwich City – LDWLWW
Key Players: Stoke City – Marko Arnautovic; Norwich City – Alexander Tettey
Shoot Says: Stoke City 2-0 Norwich City

 
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