Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Monday November 6 2006
Midlands rivals Coventry travel to the Britannia for the televised clash with the Potters on Monday evening. The Sky Blues are currently sitting above the Potters in eleventh place on 22 points and pose a sterner test than the poor Norwich team that were thrashed 5-0 a week last Saturday.
Ricardo Fuller seems to be hitting the rich vein of form that was promised when he signed from Southampton at the start of the season. He now has six goals to his credit and believes that he is getting close to being 100% fit: 'I've just started to play ok and hopefully I can continue to build on that by continuing to work hard.'
Stoke should name another unchanged line-up from the game against Norwich and last week's midweek defeat at Leicester as long as Danny Higginbotham has recovered from a thigh strain that he picked up at the Walkers Stadium. If not, Clint Hill is poised to replace him in defence.
The most influential player in the team, he narrowly missed out on the award for 'Championship Player of the Month' which was awarded to West Brom player, Kamara. Hendrie should be relishing the opportunity to show a Sky TV audience that he is back on form.
Former Stoke players Marcus Hall and Clive Clarke (on loan from Sunderland and making his second trip in less than a month) will be joined by the ex-Vale player, Chris Birchall for their visit to the Potteries.
The Sky Blues' top scorer with four goals since the departure of Gary McSheffrey to Birmingham City.
The time is right for Stoke to make amends for last season's 1-0 defeat in the corresponding fixture last April.
Sat 11th Nov: Crystal Palace (away) kick-off: 3pm
Sat 18th Nov: Hull (away) kick-off:3pm
Sat 25th Nov: WBA (home) kick-off 3pm
Date:Monday November 6 2006
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