STOKE THE FIRE // The Potters' two goal haul at Old Trafford on Saturday was the first time that more than one goal has been scored away from home in the league since the 2-0 win over QPR in April.
PLAYING AWAY // Peter Crouch's last four goals for Stoke have all come away from home - at Manchester United, Tranmere Rovers, Southampton and QPR.
WE'LL BE WITH YOU // This will be Stoke's 168th League Cup game since the competition started in 1960 - and the first against Birmingham City. In total 73 have been won, 36 drawn and 58 lost.
SECOND CITY SLIP UPS // The Potters haven't recorded a victory at St Andrews since a 1-0 win 25 years ago this week - 10 meetings ago. Former Villa striker Simon Stainrod scored the only goal of the game.
SCALP // 2012 winners Birmingham knocked out this year's holders Swansea City in the last round of the competition 3-1 at St Andrews.
CUP CLASH // Birmingham and Stoke once met for an FA Cup Third Place Play Off tie at St Andrews in 1972. The game finished goalless with the Blues winning the first-ever FA Cup penalty shoot-out 4-3.
WEMBLEY // The Wembley final will edge closer for the winner of this game, with the victors entering Wednesday evening's Quarter Final draw.
BOLTON BLUES // Birmingham captain Paul Robinson featured in the Bolton Wanderers side that Stoke beat 5-0 at Wembley Stadium in the 2011 FA Cup Semi Final.
MISSING OUT // Ex-Birmingham players Cameron Jerome and Jack Butland will both miss out on a return to face their former club due to loan spells at Crystal Palace and Barnsley respectively.
PAYING THE PENALTY // Stoke have won their last two penalty shoot outs - which were both at home - whilst they have lost their last two away shoot outs in the competition.