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Gary Rowett’s men will be eager to make amends for their Carabao Cup elimination at the hands of Nottingham Forest earlier this season. The home side raced into a three goal lead at the City Ground before late efforts from Benik Afobe and Saido Berahino ensured a tense and dramatic finale.

The betting man may be tempted to wager on a draw at the City Ground on Saturday afternoon, with all four previous Championship encounters between Gary Rowett and Aitor Karanka ending all square.

Past encounters at the City Ground don’t make for good reading for Stoke City supporters! In fact, the Potters have lost five of their last six visits to the City Ground, drawing just one, since edging a five-goal thriller in Nottingham a quarter of a century ago (1993).

Since the last meeting between the two sides in September, Gary Rowett’s men have enjoyed a far more fruitful period having lost just one of the seven subsequent fixtures. In those matches the side have shipped in just four goals, as opposed to 10 in the seven previous encounters.

Aitor Karanka’s men will be eager to protect an impressive run of form on home soil, having lsot just one of their last 11 fixtures played out at the City Ground. They have won six, drawn four and lost just one of the 11, and have scored in all eight of their Championship matches on home turf this term.

Stoke City will be looking to register a third away victory in four matches at the weekend, having notched maximum spoils on the road at Norwich City and Bristol City recently. That tally of wins is the same number the side managed to rattle up in the previous 24 on the road (W2, D10, L12).

The Potters much-improved backline will have to be at their best to nullify the threat of Forest striker Lewis Grabban, who heads into this weekend’s fixture buoyed by a run of form that has seen him score nine times in his last nine league appearances.

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