American international Geoff Cameron failed to shrug off a calf injury in time to feature, meaning Andy Wilkinson came in to make his first start of the campaign.
Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi was also handed a starting role on the left hand side of midfield after impressing from the bench against Fulham last time out, with Matthew Etherington dropping to the bench.
The other change saw Marc wilson replaced in the side by Scotland ace Charlie Adam, who earned himself a recall after being amongst the substitutes at Craven Cottage two weeks ago.
STOKE CITY: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Pieters; Walters, Ireland, Nzonzi, Adam, Assaidi; Arnautovic. Subs: Sorensen, Wilson, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Jones, Crouch.