GLYN HODGES' development squad are back in action this afternoon when they welcome Fulham to Clayton Wood (kick-off 2.00pm) in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
The Potters go into the game having been narrowly beaten 1-0 in their previous two fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester but can take heart from the games after dominating for long periods and just failing to convert their chances.
However, the side will need to be at their best if they are to record a positive result against the visiting Cottagers who sit at the top of the table.
Despite going down to a 3-1 loss away to Leicester City in their most recent outing, Kit Symons' side are three points clear of the chasing pack as the season gradually draws to its close.
A win for City would propel them up five places from 13th position and leave them in contention of finishing in the top half of the league against fellow Category One academies at the end of the campaign.
Elsewhere, John Perkins' Under-18s hit the road on Saturday as they travel to Middlesbrough looking to get back to winning ways following last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers.
The young Potters had previously beaten Liverpool 4-1 and the former Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers youth coach will want to see his side return to their best as soon as possible, starting with the trip to Teesside.
Fans can follow live updates of today's Under-21s game on the Club’s official Twitter account @stokecity.