Stoke City v Manchester City: Potters eye bumper crowd for FA Cup clash
STOKE are expecting a crowd of around 24,000 for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round clash with Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium.
The game will be screened live on ITV at 12.45pm, but Stoke are anticipating the crowd to rival the 24,550 they pulled in for the FA Cup quarter-final against West Ham in their run to Wembley two years ago.
Tickets are on general sale, priced £20 adults, £10 for over-65s and £5 for under-17s.
The crowd will include 4,500 Manchester City supporters after they sold out their allocation for the South Stand.
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However, Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp expects Stoke fans to raise the roof as they have done over the last few years against the Mancunians.
Kemp said: "The crowd play an enormous part in all our home games. Looking back to the 1-1 draw with Manchester City last season, when Peter Crouch scored THAT volley, the atmosphere was unbelievable.
"I would say it was the best-ever here in my experience.
"It lifts everyone. They are the champions of England and we'll need our fans' help.
"But I don't think of it in terms of whether we are underdogs or not. We know that when you play them you have to be at your best."
Kemp is expecting a major improvement in the display from Stoke's 3-1 defeat at Swansea on Saturday.
Boss Tony Pulis admitted Stoke were well beaten by the Swans, but Kemp says the Potters have proved their resilience over the years.
The 2-1 win over West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-finals in 2011 followed eight days after one of Stoke's worst performances of the season when they lost 3-0 at Upton Park in the Premier League.
Kemp added: "We have had setbacks in the past, but we have shown how well we can recover from them."
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