Stoke City need to turn their season around, and will look to halt their worrying form when they host West Bromwich Albion at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday.
The Potters are currently bottom of the Premier League standings with just one point and without a win to their name, having lost their last four league matches on the trot. Their most recent league outing ended in a 4-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, before getting knocked out of the EFL Cup by Hull City in midweek.
West Brom, on the other hand, recently enjoyed their second win of the campaign, and first since opening day, with an unusually festive 4-2 thumping of West Ham, a fantastic introduction to the club's new owners, Chinese group Yunyi Guokai Sports Development Limited.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis will be celebrating his 1000th match as a manager against his former club, but insisted that he won't underestimate them based on their losing form.
"It'll be a tough game and Stoke have great players," he said. "I have great respect for Stoke City. I'm more concerned about how we do and how we prepare for the game than how Stoke are getting on at the moment."
Stoke manager Mark Hughes responded to criticism of his team's early form, and insisted that it is just a rough patch, and he expects them to start picking up points soon.
"If you look at all clubs in the Premier League, the vast majority will go through these periods," the Welshman said. "We put pressure on ourselves and we are disappointed because we wanted to make a better start.
"There are reasons why we're conceding and we need to address it. We're open to criticism which has been brought on by ourselves. I think I've proved in my time here that I can take this Club in the right direction, which is the top half of the Premier League."
In team news, Hughes confirmed that striker Bojan Krkic "was just given a rest on Wednesday" and is set to feature. Swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri looks set to return from a calf injury but Jonathan Walters (foot injury) is a doubt.
West Brom will be without winger Chris Brunt, but Nacer Chadli is set to feature, and Pulis said that "it was good to see Chadli and [striker Salomon] Rondon linking up well" against the the Hammers.