Preview: Stoke v Leicester

Stoke City will be looking to extend Leicester City's poor away run in the Premier League when they welcome the Champions to the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

With five clean sheets in their last nine league games, and only two defeats in their last 11 league matches, the Potters will be confident of securing a result.

Last season's title winners return of one point from their first eight away games of the season is the lowest total by a defending top-flight champion in history at this stage of the season but manager Claudio Ranieri remains confident his side can turn the corner.

"Stoke are a good team, they move the ball quickly with good players. They are strong but I want to see the real Leicester," he told reporters. "Our style doesn't change but our away form should be better. We have to react, to improve. I'm sure we will.

"We need to be determined. We're a team that can make a good match when we win a lot of first and second balls. I'm confident with my players. They are warriors."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes understands his men come up against players of real quality but will be hoping to get a win in order to return to the top-half of the table.

"It's always difficult after winning the title and Leicester are finding that out.

"I don't think there is any fear of them going down – they are just struggling for continuity in terms of results. You can see the ability they have – they will be fine. They will just be a little frustrated."

Hughes will be without Marko Arnautovic begins a three-game while Ryan Shawcross made his return from a calf injury in midweek will face a late fitness test.

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could make his return after six weeks out with a broken hand and Danny Simpson is available again after serving his one game suspension.

Danny Drinkwater is the only absentee for Ranieri, with a knee injury.

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