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Assaidi Starts At Hull

GOALSCORING HERO Oussama Assaidi has been given a starting berth by Mark Hughes for this evening's Barclays Premier League clash with Hull City.

The Potters boss has also handed a start to Stephen Ireland, whilst Asmir Begovic and Marc Muniesa retain their places in the side.

Assaidi and Ireland both came off the bench to feature against Chelsea last time out, with the former scoring the fantastic last minute winner.

Begovic has shaken off a thigh complaint whilst Muniesa retains his place over the fit-again Erik Pieters.

Jonathan Walters is suspended for the game against his old side, whilst Charlie Adam drops down to the bench.

The hosts' team remain unchanged from last week's draw against Swansea City, and former Potters captain Abdoulaye Faye is amongst Steve Bruce's substitutes.

Hull City: McGregor; Elmohamady, Bruce, Chester, Davies (c), Figueroa; Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore; Sagbo, Graham. Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Koren, Brady, McShane, Boyd, Faye.

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Muniesa; Arnautovic, Nzonzi, Whelan, Ireland, Assaidi; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Pieters, Pennant, Palacios, Jones, Adam, Wilkinson.

Referee: Mike Dean.

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