Mark Hughes’ Stoke side has had a settled look to it in recent weeks, though he has a decisions to make at the back after Geoff Cameron recovered from a thigh injury for the visit of Chelsea.
Cameron could come in for Philipp Wollscheid, with Ryan Shawcross now fully fit at centre-back. Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters are expected to retain their places in the full-back positions: Marc Wilson and Phil Bardsley provide cover, with the latter in contention having served out a one-match suspension.
Marco van Ginkel is ineligible against his parent club, so Charlie Adam and Glenn Whelan should continue in the double-pivot in Hughes’ preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan and Marko Arnautovic have formed the attacking midfield trio in recent weeks, with Ibrahim Afellay pushing to break into the team.
Mame Biram Diouf was an unused substitute against Newcastle last weekend, so Jon Walters could perhaps continue in the lone striker role.
Peter Crouch is the other main alternative, with Joselu a slight doubt because of a minor knock. Shay Given (knee) and Marc Muniesa (hamstring) are both out.