Everton and Stoke square off at Goodison Park on Monday with both teams sporting identical records in their last three Premier League outings.
The Toffees recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Boxing Day, which halted a two-match winless run – they drew 1-1 with Norwich before going down 3-2 to table-topping Leicester.
But Roberto Martinez's side are on the up, having suffered just one defeat in their last eight league outings to sit ninth in the standings.
The 11th-placed Potters are level on 26 points with the Merseysiders, after they also arrested a run of two games without a win on Boxing Day when they beat Manchester United 2-0.
Mark Hughes' men are also on a good run of form, having lost just twice in their last eight matches in the top flight and claiming the scalps of Chelsea and Manchester City along with the Red Devils.
In team news, Martinez could decide to freshen things up in a bid to cope with a packed fixture list.
Gerard Deulofeu came off the bench against the Magpies, while Arouna Kone was an unused substitute, and both players will be hoping for more involvement on Merseyside.
But Phil Jagielka (knee), Steven Pienaar, Bryan Oviedo (both hamstring), James McCarthy (hip) and Steven Naismith (ankle) all remain unavailable for selection.
Visiting boss Hughes will check on the fitness of a trio of players closer to kick-off. Xherdan Shaqiri, Geoff Cameron and Glenn Whelan were all taken off against United with various knocks and face late fitness tests.
However, he is still without Stephen Ireland, Peter Crouch and Marc Muniesa (all hamstring).