Squad sheets: Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion

Thomas Sorensen is expected to start for Stoke against Brighton after the manager Tony Pulis pledged to play the Danish goalkeeper in cup matches

Stoke are not a club that deals too much in the romance of the FA Cup and if Brighton are to reach the sixth round for the first time since 1986, they will have earned it. Knocked out in the sixth round last season, Tony Pulis will make minor alterations to Stoke's usual formation, aside from honouring a promise to play Thomas Sorensen in goal in cup games. Brighton, who have lost their last seven fixtures against Stoke, can console themselves with the thought that their best displays in this season's FA Cup have been away from the Withdean. Tim Rich

Venue Britannia Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Tickets £15 (0871 663 2007)

Previous meetings Stoke wins 15 Brighton wins 9 Draws 14

Referee H Webb

This season's league matches 29 Y89, R3, 3.28 cards per game

Odds Stoke 7-10 Brighton 9-2 Draw 3-1

Stoke v Brighton
Stoke City v Brighton & Hove Albion. Probable starters in bold, contenders in light. Photograph: Graphic Photograph: Graphic


Subs from Begovic, Nash, Whitehead, Collins, Jones, Whelan, Pennant, Shawcross, Shotton, Wilson

Doubtful Etherington (hamstring)

Injured Sidibe (achilles, Aug)

Suspended None

Form guide (all comps) LWLWLW

Disciplinary record Y54 R2

Leading scorers Huth, Jones 7


Subs from Ankergren, Poke, Battipiedi, Taricco, Sandaza, Holroyd, El-Abd, Bennett, Baz, Cook, Dunk

Doubtful None

Injured McNulty (ankle, Apr), Navarro (knee, May), Smith (foot, May), Kishishev (personal, unknown)

Ineligible Noone (Cup-tied)

Suspended None

Form guide (all comps) WWDWWL

Disciplinary record Y58 R5

Leading scorer Murray 14

Match pointers

• A win for Brighton would be their third in succession against opponents from a higher division

• Reaching the last eight in 2009-10 was Stoke's best performance for 38 years

• Brighton have lost only one of their last 11 FA Cup games – 3-2 to Aston Villa in the fourth round last season

• Stoke have lost only one of their last 13 FA Cup matches against opponents from a lower division

• Brighton have not won at Stoke since they met in the old Second Division in September 1961 – a run of 15 matches

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