Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson Kightly, Adam, Nzonzi, Etherington
Kelly, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce
McCleary, McAnuff, Kebe
Ex-Liverpool man Charlie Adam should start as could Michael Kightly, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis looking for more attacking options going forward. Michael Owen and Kenwyne Jones are both pushing for starting berths up front as well.
Marc Wilson remains out with a broken ankle and is not expected to return until the end of February.
U.S. international winger Brek Shea is available to make his debut after receiving international clearance following his deadline day move, making him eligible for selection. Fellow American Geoff Cameron is questionable after playing 90 minutes in Honduras Wednesday and making the long trip from Central America back to England.
As for the visitors, Brian McDermott may well name the same starting XI that beat Sunderland 2-1 in its previous match. This would mean another start for January arrivals Stephen Kelly and Hope Akpan.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is likely to get another chance to lead the line with Nick Blackman still adjusting to life in the Premier League, and super-sub Adam Le Fondre again will likely have to settle for a place on the bench.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy remains sidelined with a shoulder problem, with veteran striker Jason Roberts (hip) also still unavailable.