Interesting team news for Fulham. Back come Hangeland, Murphy, Baird and Duff and Gera. There’s no place for Clint Dempsey and Andy Johnson keeps his place alongside Bobby Zamora up front.

Stoke welcome back Ryan Shawcross from suspension but goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen misses out so Steve Simonsen is between the sticks for the home side.

STOKE CITY (4-4-2): Simonsen; Huth, Higginbotham, Shawcross, Faye; Lawrence, Delap, Whitehead, Etherington; Sidibie, Tuncay. Subs: St. Louis Hamilton, Whelan, Fuller, Beattie, Collins, Wilkinson, Diao.

FULHAM (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Kelly, Konchesky, Hughes, Hangeland; Baird, Murphy, Duff, Gera; Zamora, A. Johnson. Subs: Zuberbuhler, Smalling, Kallio, Dikgacoi, Greening, Dempsey, Nevland.