The Potters have not won since matchday two, with a two draws and two defeats following a surprise win over Arsenal. Their most recent match was against Chelsea, who swept them aside 4-0 in front of their own fans.
The Saints also tasted defeat in their last outing, but that 1-0 loss to Manchester United will be seen as unlucky, and follows on from their win by the same scoreline against rock-bottom Crystal Palace.
“I would suggest we’re two evenly-matched sides and they’re a good side who, on their day, can play exceptionally well and cause you problems like we can,” said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
In team news, Hughes said that he is “hopeful on Geoff Cameron, which would be a big positive for us”, but “Kevin Wimmer hasn’t trained yet, so it would be a risk to include him at this stage”.
Hughes also confirmed that “Bruno [Martins Indi] is out for a number of weeks” but Kurt Zouma “is back and available for the game this weekend”.
“We are really pleased with the levels [Zouma] is hitting,” Hughes added. “He has brought pace and power to our backline, which we lacked last season. He is a top-level defender and one who has a great future ahead of him, so we are delighted to be able to play a part in his development, and looking forward to having him back on Saturday.”
For Southampton, full-back Matt Targett is their only injury absentee, as central defender Virgil van Dijk closes in a return to full fitness.
“Little by little, every single week, he’s getting better,” Pellegrino said. “Physically he looks fresher and with better timing, but the first game back it will be difficult to see the best version of Virgil.”