Stoke City will look to take advantage of playing at home at the Britannia Stadium when they host Norwich City in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Mark Hughes has done reasonably well after taking over from Tony Pulis at Stoke, with the Potters showing some decent attacking football in their previous game against Arsenal, which they lost 3-1.
Stoke players Nzonzi and Walters look to stop Manchester City playmaker Nasri in their English Premier League game, September 14
It is never going to be an easy job to change the club's playing style after Pulis had them going a different way for so many years. There is little doubt that Pulis did a great job with Stoke, but there does come a time when keeping the club at mid table playing, what can only be called as a dour style of football, is just not enough.
Hence the change, and while there were quite a few eyebrows raised over Hughes' appointment, it does seem like the former Manchester City, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers manager has got his claws into the job quite well - not literally, of course.
Stoke have taken seven points from five games so far, and could go to the top half of the table with a win over Norwich, who have four points.
"We can draw a lot of encouragement from what the players have done so far, because they have taken a good amount of points from five very difficult opening fixtures," Hughes said.
"Not only that, but we have performed well and can count ourselves unfortunate not to have accumulated more points having created numerous opportunities to take all three points out of the game against Manchester City.
"Even at Arsenal last weekend I thought we matched them. Obviously, we were disappointed to have given them three goals from set-pieces, but in terms of ball retention and getting into dangerous positions we had the better of that, particularly in the second half."
Norwich, despite their forward signings this summer, have only scored three goals in the league, and haven't found the target for 202 minutes.
Hughton will expect the likes of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper to start sending a few to the back of the net soon, starting with the game at Stoke on Sunday.
Team News: Hughes has doubts over Erik Pieters (calf), Marc Muniesa (groin) and Jamie Ness (hip), while Mathew Etherington is expected to be fit despite suffering a car accident this week.
Norwich are sweating over the fitness of defender Sebastian Bassong, with Elliott Bennett ruled out long-term.
"He's doubtful, but we're going to give him right up until the last moment," Hughton said about Bassong. "The good news is that it's not quite as bad as we thought it might have been at the time."
Key Men: Stoke: Steven Nzonzi was one of the standout players last week against Arsenal, and if the midfielder can take control of the game, then Stoke will create chances, and good ones at that.
Norwich: Nathan Redmond has been one of the few bright spots for Norwich this season, and the young England player will be expected to trouble a few of the Stoke defenders come Sunday.
Where to watch
The match is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (IST) start with no live telecast. You can catch the match live online by clicking the official link HERE.
Expected lineups: Stoke: Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Cameron, Nzonzi, Adam; Walters, Jones, Arnautovic.
Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Redmond, Howson, Fer, Snodgrass; Hooper, Van Wolfswinkel.
Prediction: 1-0 to Stoke
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