Crawley v Stoke preview
Giant-killers Crawley will be eyeing another scalp as they welcome Stoke on Sunday in their FA Cup fifth round clash.
By Soriebah Kajue
Last Updated: 17/02/12 11:55am
Giant-killers Crawley will be eyeing another scalp as they welcome Stoke to the Broadfield Stadium on Sunday in their FA Cup fifth round clash.
The League Two outfit have already left their mark on this year's competition by beating Bristol City and Hull City.
But the challenge of Stoke will be one that tests their abilities to the full, while totally encapsulating the magic of the cup.
It is the second successive season that Crawley has been drawn against Premier League opposition in the fifth round.
Last term, when they were still in the Conference, they were drawn against Manchester United but lost 1-0 at Old Trafford after a brave display.
Steve Evan's men are currently in the play-off places in League Two as they target another promotion.
They come into this tie in good form having won five of their last six games at home in all competitions.
Despite the fact that 60 league places separate these two sides, Tony Pulis will be taking the threat of his opponents seriously.
The Potters were beaten by Valencia 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium on Thursday in the first leg of their last 32 Europa League tie.
Pulis' team have now lost their last four games and he is expected to make changes to his line-up to arrest this mid-season slump.
Stoke have the return leg at the Mestalla next Thursday before they face Swansea on Sunday.
Pulis is expected to recall Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones to his staring line up for the game.
Matthew Upson could be involved after serving a European ban, while fellow centre-back Robert Huth will sit out the second of his three-match domestic suspension, but goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is likely to keep his place.
Pulis must check on the fitness of midfielder Dean Whitehead after he sustained a nasty gash to his leg in a challenge with Tino Costa that the Potters boss felt should have produced a red card.
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