Crawley will look to keep their magical F.A Cup run going with a win over Premier League opposition on Saturday when they play hosts to Stoke at the Broadfield Stadium on Sunday.
The Red Devils overcame Championship opposition in the form of Hull in the fourth round of the competition to set up a date with Stoke, while Bristol City, Bury and Redbridge have all been dispatched of in previous rounds.
Stoke meanwhile face one of the biggest weeks in their history as they look to secure a place in the quarterfinals of the F.A Cup three days after taking their bow in the knockout stages of the Europa League against Spanish giants Valencia last Thursday, going down to a single goal.
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Tony Pulis’s men came within touching distance of winning their first ever F.A Cup last season only to fall at the final hurdle at Wembley as Manchester City edged a tense final 1-0, and Stoke will be desperate to make it back to back appearances at the ‘home of football’ and go one better this time round.
Defender Robert Huth is suspended after his sending off against Sunderland earlier this month despite being able to appear for the Potters in their Europa League tie at the Britannia Stadium, meaning Jonathan Woodgate is likely to be handed a start in his favoured centre-back role having been deployed in an unfamiliar right back position of late.
Thomas Sorensen is likely to be handed the gloves for the tie, despite some high-profile errors in recent games, having been dislodged by Asmir Begovic for the game against Stoke. Otherwise Pulis has a full strength side to pick from.
Crawley go into the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat at the hands of League Two promotion rivals Swindon last weekend, a result which shunted them down to fifth in the league.
The harsh winter conditions have meant that Steve Evans’s side have only played twice in February so far, while Matt Tubbs, the man whose goal earned Crawley a fifth round spot, has departed for Bournemouth in the January transfer window.