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After enjoying a five-game unbeaten league run, claiming 11 points in the process, Sheffield United have since suffered back-to-back defeats away from home against Middlesbrough and Bournemouth.
The Blades were leading in their most recent encounter against the Cherries thanks to a strike from Morgan Gibbs-White, however Scott Parker‘s side turned the game on its head with two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Dominic Solanke and Philip Billing, condemning the visitors to their fifth defeat of the campaign.
Slavisa Jokanovic‘s men remain in the bottom half of the Championship and have slipped down to 14th place, six points behind the playoffs and just four clear of the relegation zone.
Sheffield United have only faced Stoke twice in the last 14 years, claiming score draws in both home and away matches during the 2018-19 season.
The Blades are set to face a challenging opponent on Saturday, but if they are serious about their promotion hopes this campaign, then a consistent run of positive results is required, starting with three points against the Potters.
With Oliver Norwood and John Fleck expected to remain in centre-midfield, attacking midfield trio Gibbs-White, Iliman Ndiaye and Ben Osborn will likely start again, providing support for lone striker Billy Sharp.
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As for Stoke, assistant coach Dean Holden confirmed the injury picked up by Mario Vrancic against West Brom is not as serious as first feared and so the Bosnian is set to be in contention to feature on Saturday.
Tyrese Campbell (knee) and Tashan Oakley-Boothe (back) remain long-term absentees, while Abdallah Sima (ankle) and Morgan Fox (hamstring) will miss out this weekend.
O’Neill may decide to freshen up his attack, with Surridge and Steven Fletcher hoping they can force their way into the first XI ahead of Jacob Brown, who started against West Brom.