Arsenal will look to pull clear at the Premiership summit when they journey to the Potteries on Sunday to take on a resurgent Stoke.
The Gunners currently lead the standings ahead of Leicester on goal difference alone, with both teams tied on 43 points after 21 games.
Arsene Wenger’s side had to come from behind twice against Liverpool to rescue a 3-3 draw in midweek, which halted back-to-back wins.
The Potters, meanwhile, find themselves just outside the European places in seventh spot after winning four of their last eight matches, including the big scalps of Manchester City and Manchester United.
Mark Hughes’ men are hoping to build on their 3-1 success over Norwich on Wednesday, which took them within two points of the sixth-placed Red Devils.
In team news, Hughes must do without Xherdan Shaqiri once more as the playmaker has failed to shake off a hamstring injury, which kept him out of the clash with the Canaries.
But Marko Arnautovic is expected to be fit after recovering from a sore hip, although Geoff Cameron is rated doubtful with an ankle problem.
Mohamed Elneny is in line to make his debut for the north Londoners after signing from FC Basel this week.
Wenger must also decide whether to recall Alexis Sanchez, with the forward back from a hamstring injury, but Jack Wilshere (leg), Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck, and Santi Cazorla (all knee) remain unavailable.