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  • January 4, 2014
  • • 23:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 16844
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Stoke City - Leicester City Preview: Championship leaders faces Hughes' men in FA Cup

Stoke City - Leicester City Preview: Championship leaders faces Hughes' men in FA Cup

Nigel Pearson's side are four points clear in the table and are vying for promotion to the Premier League, while Jack Butland could be in line to start in goal for the hosts

Championship leaders Leicester City have the chance to test themselves against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup third round as they travel to Stoke City.

Nigel Pearson's men sit four points clear at the top of the Championship, and they will be hoping that their third-round trip to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday will offer a taste of what they could be facing on a regular basis next season, should they secure promotion.

Leicester are on a five-match unbeaten run in the league, while Stoke have picked up just one win in the same period - most recently being pegged back in stoppage time by a Leighton Baines penalty in a 1-1 draw with Everton on New Year's Day.

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However, Stoke have not been eliminated by lower-league opposition in the FA Cup since 2009, when they fell to Hartlepool, and they finished the competition as runners-up to Manchester City in 2011.

Leicester do not have the best of records in the FA Cup in recent seasons, having failed to make it beyond the fourth round in seven of the last eight campaigns.

And, with fellow Championship high-flyers Derby County up next in the league on January 10, Pearson may be keeping one eye on that important promotion clash.

One point of concern for Stoke ahead of the game will be their goalkeeping injury crisis.

Asmir Begovic has been sidelined since breaking his finger on Christmas Day, prompting boss Mark Hughes to recall Jack Butland from his loan spell at Barnsley.

The youngster got a taste of Premier League action sooner than he might have expected when Thomas Sorensen was withdrawn with a reported Achilles problem at half time against Everton.

The Dane could be a doubt for the visit of Leicester, along with Andy Wilkinson (foot), who missed the game on Wednesday, while Robert Huth has only just returned to training after a knee injury.

Chris Wood (hamstring), Sean St Ledger (groin) and Tom Hopper (shin) all missed Leicester's 3-1 New Year's Day win at Millwall and are doubtful.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Leicester City

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Leicester City FC LEI
Leicester City FC Leicester City
73%
24%

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Stoke City FC STO
2 - 0
Leicester City FC LEI
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 2
Leicester City FC LEI
Stoke City FC STO
3 - 0
Leicester City FC LEI

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