Preview: Stoke City vs. Cardiff City

Manager of Stoke City Mark Hughes looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on November 30, 2013
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Sports Mole previews Wednesday evening's Premier League meeting between Stoke City and Cardiff City.

Depending on results elsewhere, the loser of this contest on Wednesday at the Britannia Stadium could find themselves in the Premier League relegation zone.

The two teams are locked on 13 points from as many matches, with Stoke in 16th, one place above the Bluebirds due to a superior goal difference.

The Potters will be without German centre-back Robert Huth, who recently underwent surgery to mend a knee problem. In his place, Spanish youngster Marc Muniesa has been tipped to deputise.

Meanwhile, veteran attacker Craig Bellamy could be included for Cardiff, having spent the last few matches as a substitute.

Stoke are unbeaten in their last six matches against their Welsh opponents, having won four and drawn two.

Recent form

Stoke: DLDDWL

Cardiff: LDWLDL

Possible starting lineups

Stoke: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Assaidi; Crouch

Cardiff: Marshall; Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Mutch, Bellamy; Campbell

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Marc Muniesa of Stoke during a Pre Season Friendly between Stoke City and Genoa at Britannia Stadium on August 10, 2013
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