Sadio Mane’s winner fired Southampton to second in the table and ensured Stoke’s dismal record against the Saints continued. The Potters have won just three of their last 24 games against Southampton, and haven’t beaten them away from home since 1980.
Fortunately for Hughes, the Britannia Stadium is the venue of this fourth round tie, where Stoke have won their last two league games.
Both teams have already disposed of Premier League opposition in this year’s competition. Stoke beat Sunderland 2-1 in the last round while Southampton recorded an impressive 2-1 victory at Arsenal.
A quarter-final tie awaits the winners, although for Hughes there is also the added incentive of getting revenge for Saturday’s defeat.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 1 (Mane) Stoke 0, Premier League, October 2014
Southampton 2 (Lambert, Davis) Stoke 2 (Odemwingie, Crouch), Premier League, February 2014
Stoke 1 (Begovic) Southampton 1 (Rodriguez), Premier League, November 2013
Before Southampton’s 1-0 win over Stoke on Saturday, the last four meetings between the two had ended in score draws.
Only Aston Villa (4) and Burnley (5) have scored less goals than Stoke (8) in the Premier League.
Stoke have won just three of their last 24 games against the Saints.
Southampton have the best defensive record in the league, conceding only five goals in nine games.
Stoke to win: 3.55
Southampton to win: 2.26
The last meeting between Stoke and Southampton at the Britannia Stadium featured one of the most bizarre goals in Premier League history. Just 13 seconds had gone when Asmir Begovic’s clearance, aided by the wind, bounced over Artur Boruc and into the Southampton net. Begovic joined Peter Schmeichel, Brad Friedel, Paul Robinson and Tim Howard as a goalkeeper to score in the Premier League and also earned a place in the Guinness World Records book for the longest goal in a football match, his effort measuring 91.9 metres.
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