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Team news for Saturday's Premier League between Stoke and Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium (kick-off 12.45pm).

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Stoke manager Tony Pulis will be without striker Ricardo Fuller for the visit of Sunderland although Ryan Shawcross is set to return from suspension for the early kick-off.

Fuller is set to miss the game after being granted compassionate leave to attend his uncle's funeral in Jamaica and is expected to return next Tuesday.

However, defender Shawcross is available after a two-match ban and, with no fresh injury worries, Pulis is set to choose from an almost full-strength squad.

Matthew Etherington and Kenwyne Jones both sat out the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool in midweek but could well return for the Potters' third match in six days.

Loan signing Sulley Muntari is in line to make his Sunderland debut at Stoke.

The 26-year-old Ghana international will be included in the squad for the first time since completing his temporary move from Inter Milan.

Manager Steve Bruce is hoping Bolo Zenden shakes off the knee injury which kept him out of Tuesday's 4-2 defeat to Chelsea, but skipper Lee Cattermole (back) is facing at least another three weeks on the sidelines and David Meyler, Danny Welbeck, Fraizer Campbell and Michael Turner (all knee) remain on the sidelines.

Stoke (from): Begovic, Huth, Wilson, Delap, Etherington, Whitehead, Jones, Sorensen, Faye, Collins, Pugh, Whelan, Pennant, Walters, Carew, Shawcross.

Sunderland (from): Gordon, Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Richardson, Angeleri, Ferdinand, Bramble, Mensah, Muntari, Riveros, Henderson, Malbranque, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Colback, Gyan, Adams, Cook, Reed.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Thu, 31 Jul 2014

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