It is unlikely that Stoke are looking forward to the visit of Tottenham on Saturday.
The Potters have conceded four goals against Spurs in each of their last four meetings and few would be surprised if the same happens again at the bet365 Stadium. Paul Lambert's side sit in 19th, three points from safety and enduring a dismal run of form.
Tottenham, meanwhile, are fresh off the back of an impressive 3-1 victory at Chelsea which all but confirmed their place in the Premier League's top four.
It is evident, then, which side are the strong favourites heading into Saturday's game. For Stoke to stand any chance of a result, they will have to emerge on top in these three key battles.