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Stoke will be out to inflict an early double defeat on Sunderland when they head to Wearside this Saturday.
Mark Hughes side secured their place in the next round of the Capital One cup with a 2-1 win in the North East in September and with of the players that featured that night expected to be involved this weekend, the former Blackburn manager believes his side will have the edge.
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“We are looking forward to the game on Saturday,” Hughes said at his pre-match news confer-ence.
“A number of players who were involved that night may well feature again, so psychologically that could give us the edge. We will try to use that to our benefit.”
The club are currently unbeaten on the road after beating Champions Manchester City at the Eti-had and drawing with QPR and Hull. Their only defeats have come at home where Villa and Leices-ter have both won although they will be boosted by their home win over Newcastle last time out.
The Potters have a number of key men missing for the game with Peter Odemwingie (knee), Geoff Cameron (hernia) and Mama Diouf (hamstring) all out while Victor Moses is being monitored but could be fit.
Sunderland meanwhile have made a shaky start. The club have picked up just 5 points to sit fourth from bottom and have yet to win this season. They have however just lost the once and while their resilience is to be applauded they need to turn those one points into three points if they are to avoid another season of struggle.
Manager Gus Poyet will have Wes Brown available this weekend however Sebastian Coates (thigh) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are out.