A place in the fourth round of the Carling Cup for the third straight season beckons for Stoke if they can find the solution to beating Fulham this season.
Mark Hughes is still unbeaten since taking over the reins at Fulham during the summer and has drawn four of his five Premier League games, with his solitary win coming at home to Wolves.
However, the omens are not great that this run will continue in the Carling Cup, as Fulham have not eliminated a team from the top division in the competition since beating Birmingham six years ago.
Stoke benefited from the away goals rule in the only previous meeting between the two in the Carling Cup in 1994 and are 11/8 to beat Fulham again.
Tony Pulis’ team also did the double over Fulham in the Premier League last season, which included a 3-2 victory at the Britannia Stadium.
Tuncay broke the deadlock in the 3-2 victory and is 6/1 to open the scoring against Fulham again.
Meanwhile, Eidur Gudjohnsen is also 6/1 to score first in the Carling Cup betting market on what would be his first start since arriving at Stoke on loan from Monaco.
For Fulham, Moussa Dembele may prove their chief scoring threat in the absence of Bobby Zamora and is 7/1 to strike first.
Fulham’s knack of drawing games, especially away from home, may result in the game going to extra time and then potentially penalties.
They are 19/20 to beat Stoke inside the 90 minutes and 11/10 to qualify for the next round through any other means as they look to reach the last 16 of the tournament for the first time since 2005.
Stoke’s long ball tactics may reap greater rewards in extra time as players begin to tire and they are 4/6 just to qualify.
A repeat of Stoke’s 3-2 victory last season is priced at 25/1. See the whole Stoke vs Fulham match betting market.