Liverpool have lost once in 13 games in all competitions, winning five and drawing two of their last seven. But in September, they lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa, who are without Ciaran Clark, who was red-carded in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Leicester. But new signing Carles Gil, from Valencia, could make his debut. Liverpool, meanwhile, are still without Daniel Sturridge.
Two struggling teams are finding form. Burnley moved out of the bottom three last weekend with a 2-1 win over QPR while Palace are up to 15th under new boss Alan Pardew after going three Barclays Premier League games without loss. These teams drew 0-0 at Selhurst Park in September, but Palace have not won at Turf Moor since August 2003.
Leicester won 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium in September and are looking to claim their first 'double' over Stoke since the 1989-90 season. Leicester miss Matthew James, who begins a three-match ban following his red card in last Saturday's 1-0 win over Aston Villa. Mark Schwarzer could make his Leicester debut.
Tottenham vs Sunderland
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last nine Barclays Premier League games against Sunderland; since the Black Cats won 3-1 at home in April 2010, they have lost six and drawn three and are without Liam Bridcutt, who was sent off in the 1-0 home defeat by Liverpool last Saturday lunchtime.
vs Hull City
On Tuesday, West Ham were taken to penalties in their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Upton Park by Everton and won 9-8. In the Barclays Premier League, the Hammers have gone four games without a win, their worst run of the season. But they have won their last five home games against the Tigers, last losing to them in January 1990.
Everton won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion in September and are bidding to claim a 'double' for the first time since the 2011-12 season. On Tuesday, the Toffeemen lost 9-8 on penalties to West Ham in their FA Cup fourth-round replay. Aidan McGeady was sent off and misses this game. In the league, Roberto Martinez's men have gone five games without a win, while Albion's 1-0 win over Hull last Saturday was their first in the league in five games.