Stoke City will be looking to extend their incredible run of form when they welcome Watford to the Britannia on Saturday afternoon.
The Potters are currently on a four-match winning run in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last five outings.
Mark Hughes' men, though, sit down in 11th in the Premier League standings after a poor start to the season, which saw them fail to win in their first six league games.
Mame Biram Diouf has been granted compassionate leave and it is unclear whether he will feature, but Jon Walters could return from a groin problem.
Skipper Ryan Shawcross remain unlikely to feature, however, as he continues recovery from a back injury, while Shay Given is also out.
Watford, meanwhile, are winless in their last three league games, with two losses and one draw. The Hornets currently sit 15th in the standings, having won just two league games all season.
Valon Behrami faces a late fitness check on a calf problem ahead of the game, while Jose Manuel Jurado (hamstring), Joel Ekstrand and Tommie Hoban remain sidelined.