Nottingham Forest look to build on their win against Sheffield United when they host the Potters on Saturday.
The Reds, who are currently sixth in the SkyBet Championship, will look for their second home win against Gary Rowett’s Stoke this season.
Forest ran out as 3-2 winners when the sides met in the third round of the Carabao Cup in September.
Forest went 3-0 up against the Potters before conceding twice and having Portuguese winger Diego Gonçalves sent off.
Even with the man advantage, the Potters couldn’t find the equaliser despite hitting the woodwork and having another goal disallowed.
Stoke have struggled to adapt to life in the second division after suffering relegation from the Premier League last season.
The Potters are currently 15th in the league after suffering a slow start to life in the Championship. However, the Potters have only lost once since their cup encounter at the City Ground.
Forest bounced back from midweek defeat at Burton Albion with a home win against league leaders Sheffield United. Lewis Grabban grabbed his ninth league goal of the season as the Reds edged the Blades.
— Angie Morrell (@AngieMorrell) November 3, 2018
Grabban’s goal was the highlight of a resolute performance that saw the high-flying Blades blunted. A defensive performance fans will hope the Reds replicate.
The City Ground has been a fortress for Forest with Norwich City being the only team to come away from Trent-side with all three points this season.
Norwich are one of the two teams Stoke have beaten on the road this season. The other being their last away match at Bristol City where they emerged as 1-0 winners.
Veteran midfielder Darren Fletcher scored the only goal midway through the first half which proved to be the winner at Ashton Gate.
Another close game could therefore be on the cards. Forest are still ironing out defensive issues whilst Stoke continue to find their feet and grow into the league.
Forest will likely try and get onto the front foot with Grabban, Joe Lolley and Joao Carvalho looking to continue providing the goals for Forest.
New signing, Karim Ansarifard, will give Aitor Karanka more options going forward if need be. The Iranian striker scored against Portugal in the World Cup last summer.
Stoke’s ability to threaten Forest in the air will no doubt cause a headache for Forest’s defenders. The likes of Ashley Williams and Peter Crouch will be menacing from set-pieces.
Stoke will be missing winger Tom Ince as manger Gary Rowett confirmed the £10 million man will be undergoing a hernia operation.
📝 Gary Rowett is hoping Tom Ince will be ready to return to action following hernia surgery after this month’s international break.
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) November 5, 2018
Despite the difference in league positions, this game looks set to be another close one for both these sides. Much like the Sheffield United and Bristol City games, the first goal will likely be the winner.