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Stoke City v Leicester City: Premier League – live!

Stoke City (3-4-2-1) Butland; Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer; Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters; Shaqiri, Sobhi; Choupo-Moting.
Substitutes: Grant, Martins Indi, Adam, Afellay, Jese, Berahinho, Crouch.

Leicester City (4-2-3-1) Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs; Ndidi, Iborra; Mahrez, Okazaki, Gray; Vardy.
Substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Amartey, King, Albrighton, Slimani, Iheanacho.

Morning. The hype machine hasn’t gone into overdrive ahead of this match. That’s more an indictiment of our silly elitism than it is of Stoke and Leicester, two good teams who have established themselves in the second tier of the Premier League.

They have achieved that status in very different ways. Stoke are one of the most admirable clubs in the league, a beacon of stability in an age of managerial Tinder. Leicester are on their third coach of 2017, Claude Puel, who got off to a good start last week with a win over Everton. Victory for either team today would move them into the top table, closer to the holy grail of seventh place.

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