Finally, the International break is over and meaningful football returns as the Potters take on Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And despite the promise of Shawcross' England call-up, Stoke fans sadly didn't see their captain take to the field. That will be a different story on Saturday as he will proudly lead the team out at his former club who, if the papers are to be believed, are interested in taking him back to Manchester.
United have proved a difficult opponent for many but not least the Potters, who have failed to beat them since returning to the top flight. In fact, Old Trafford has seen some of the club's heaviest defeats in recent times as the current incumbents seek to claim the away win that has eluded Stoke for longer than my time on this Earth.
There is more reason for optimism this time around in comparison to previous visits given how the Potters have been more positive in the club's approach and whilst I don't anticipate Stoke coming away with all the points, I'm sure it won't be nearly as painful to view as some games there have been.
The players should be largely rested but Pulis will have some decisions to make with the returning Wilkinson, the jet lagged Cameron and the injured Whelan. The decision of who will play at rightback could well dictate the other selections as if Wilkinson is brought back in then that could mean that Cameron would fill in for Whelan in the middle.
Alternatively, Cameron could start there which would most likely see a return for Whitehead, my Man of the Match at Anfield. The third option of course is that Wilkinson returns to right back and that Cameron is rested due to his travelling midweek. I would expect the second scenario to occur, with Cameron continuing in his new position and the recently impressive Whitehead coming in to take Whelan's place in the middle.
Team Prediction - 4-5-1
Cameron - Shawcross - Huth - Wilson
Walters - Whitehead - Adam - N'Zonzi - Kightly
As I've said above, I'm not going to predict a Stoke win but I think the club's recent form, belief and positivity will translate itself into the best performance we'll have seen at Old Trafford for some time. With that in mind, I think the Potters will score but that the game will finish 2-1 in favour of the hosts.
Once the Potters have this game out of the way they will find themselves facing a much kinder set of fixtures and have a great chance to not only get some points on the board but to get embark on a morale and confidence boosting run of form to push Stoke ever closer to that elusive top-ten finish.
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