Preview: Stoke v Rochdale

Stoke will be aiming to build on their impressive victory at the weekend when they host Rochdale in the second round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday.

The Potters ground out a 1-0 Premier League win over Arsenal on Saturday thanks to a solitary strike from Jese Rodriguez, after losing their season opener 1-0 at Everton.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes was bullish after the win over the Gunners in the wake of criticism levelled at his squad, stating: “Hopefully this year the squad is as strong as it has ever been. There’s been criticism about investment, which is way out of order.

“If at the end of window you are stronger than at the start, then you’ve had a good window.”

Meanwhile, League One side Rochdale have made an inconsistent start to the season, winning only once in four games and losing their most recent clash 3-2 at Shrewsbury.

The last time the two teams met was in 2015 in the FA Cup when the Potters emerged 4-1 victors at Crown Oil Arena, with goals from Bojan, Stephen Ireland, Victor Moses, and Jonathan Walters.

In team news, the hosts will be without striker Julien Ngoy, who picked up a thigh strain on the opening weekend, and winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

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