LANDMARK // Saturday's encounter will be the Potters 200th Premier League game.
SOLID // Despite shipping seven goals in the last two away games (Manchester United and Birmingham City), the Potters have conceded a total of just four goals in their last six games at the Britannia Stadium.
WATERTIGHT // Southampton boast a quite spectacular defensive record over the course of the past few weeks, having kept five clean sheets in their last six Barclays Premier League games.
COMEBACK // Stoke came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Southampton in this fixture last season (December 29). The Potters have not scored more than two goals in a Barclays Premier League match since.
IMPRESSIVE // Southampton have become only the 12th team in English top-flight history to concede three or fewer goals in their opening nine games. The average finishing position of the teams in the 11 previous instances is fourth.
WINTER-WARMTH // Stoke have picked up 1.67 points per match in November in their spell in the Premier League, only Man Utd and Chelsea have a higher pts/game rate.
SURPRISING // Marko Arnautovic has featured in more games in 2013 without a single win than any other player in the top five European Leagues (18).
ACCOMPLISHED // Southampton have enjoyed a superb start to the campaign, accumulating 18 points from their opening nine fixtures – their best return at this stage of a Premier League season.
ROBOT // Former Saints star Peter Crouch has netted three goals in his last five appearances for the Potters, against Tranmere Rovers, Manchester United and Birmingham City.
DISPATCHED // 16 goals have been dispatched in the last four games between the two side’s. (a 3-2 victory for either side, a 3-3 draw and a final day of the 2012/13 season stalemate, 1-1, at St Mary’s).
MACHINE // Jonathan Walters will feature in his 99th consecutive Barclays Premier League fixture on Saturday, if he is selected to start by boss Mark Hughes.
CENTURION // Mark Hughes, who celebrated his 50th birthday on Friday, will be looking to record his 100th Premier League victory against his former side.