Stoke v Walsall: Match preview
A look ahead to Wednesday's Capital One Cup third-round encounter at the Britannia Stadium
The second round of the Capital One Cup continues tonight with Premier League Stoke City and League One side Walsall clashing at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters have won the competition just once in their 150 year history whereas tonight's visitors Walsall have never won the cup but will be wanting their good run of form against higher placed opposition to continue.
Walsall met Mark Hughes' QPR in the League Cup this time last year and will not be wanting a repeat of the scoreline that night as Rangers ran out 3-0 winners.
Stoke City were beaten by lower league Swindon in the third round of the League Cup in 2012 under the management of Tony Pulis, in a game that showcased thrilling edge of your seat football and ended 4-3 to Paulo Di Canio's side.
Brek Shea and Wilson Palacios could feature for the hosts after Mark Hughes stated he would not play a weakened side for the third-round tie. It is also likely that Kenwyne Jones will feature - he has scored four goals in his last five League Cup games. Midfielder Jamie Ness is still recovering from a thigh injury.
Walsall defender Andy Taylor could return to Dean Smith's side for the first time this season after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season. The midfield trio of Romaine Sawyers, Nicky Featherstone and James McQuilkin are all pushing for a start tonight.
This is the first time Stoke and Walsall have met at the Britannia Stadium in the League Cup.
Stoke and Walsall have met twice in this competition recording a win a piece at Walsall's Fellows Park.
Walsall have won once at Stoke in eight visits, back in 1989 when both teams were in Division Two.
The Potters won the League cup in 1972, with a 2-1 win over Chelsea at Wembley.
Stoke have progressed in three of their last four second-round ties, all of which have been against lower league opposition.
The Saddlers have conceded three goals in each of their last three League Cup second-round ties and were eliminated from the competition on each occasion.
Walsall have not progressed beyond the second round of the League Cup in 11 years.
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