Despite being humiliated 7-2 by Manchester City in October - with six different Citizens getting on the scoresheet that day - Stoke City will not expect a repeat on Monday night when the welcome Pep Guardiola's men to the Bet365 Stadium.
Paul Lambert's regime has already seen a vast improvement at the back compared to that of Mark Hughes' half-season spell, with the Potters conceding four in their past six compared to the 50 in the 23 clashes that proceeded.
However, the Potters are still expected to be in for a tough evening. Let's take a look at the best possible XI that has the task of stopping the steamrolling league champions elect.
Gareth Southgate will be watching on with a keen eye to see how Jack Butland performs on Monday evening, with the talent Manchester City possess similar to what he could face in Russia with England this summer.
The 25-year-old has only been able to keep five clean sheets from his 26 top-flight showings so far this campaign, and with the visitors' firepower in attack, he could be in for a busy night.
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Others who will be expecting probably the toughest test of their term will be Stoke City's back-four; who should take confidence from their three clean sheets across the last six outings.
It is expected to be an unchanged defensive line who attempt to mute Guardiola's men from that of the goalless draw at Southampton last weekend, with Lambert finally finding some solidity within his squad.
Arguably the most critical area on the pitch for the hosts, however, will be in midfield; with Joe Allen, Geoff Cameron and January signing Badou Ndiaye challenged with the monumental and crucial task of defusing Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva's influence on proceedings.
Xherdan Shaqiri, meanwhile, will be attempting to offer respite for his teammates - who are expected to be under the cosh for 90 minutes - and provide an attacking footing in the hope of taking a chance should it come his way.
With Mame Biram Diouf sidelined with a shoulder injury, and no clarification on his return date as of yet, leading the line will be the responsibility of Peter Crouch.
No matter who the opposition is, when a team possesses the aerial presence of a strike nigh on 6ft 6ins, they always pose a threat and the Potters will be hoping the 37-year-old can utilise his advantage to give his side one.