It seems crazy after the season we've had so far that only two places and two points separate these two sides.
Under Gary Rowett, Stoke are yet to hit anything remotely like top gear, yet they are just six points and a little bit more bite away from the play-off places as we head towards the second half of the season.
Stoke are unbeaten in eight league matches (W3, D5) and undefeated in their last six away games. They've also scored in 12 of their last 13 matches on the road, which makes Both Teams To Score always a big play in Stokes away trips.
But Stoke line up on Saturday against a Villa side that has been given a renewed focus by new boss Dean Smith. Villa's form is equally impressive as they have gone unbeaten in the last six (W4, D2) and scored at least two goals in each of those matches. Without defeat in their last five games at home, they have also scored in each of their last 11 games at Villa Park.
If this game is not a draw, and that could be a major play, then something has to give. Victory for Stoke would see them leapfrog their opposition and move into the Christmas period with dreams of an automatic return to the Premier League's promised land not an idle fantasy.
For Villa, Tammy Abraham has been in superb form of late bagging eight goals in the last seven matches at Villa Park, including four the last time out in that crazy 5-5 thriller against Nottingham Forest. The loanee is nowhere near the finished article in terms of finishing, but he's getting starts and plenty of chances in a Villa shirt and he also takes the penalties and his 11/10 anytime is a standout price.
While the winner is tough to call, recent meetings between these sides have favoured Stoke. The Potters have lost none of their last six away games with The Birmingham side, but my gut screams Villa or the draw.
For that reason, I'm avoiding the match result market and working on the premise that there are likely to be goals in this match. Any combo bet including over 2.5 goals, BTTS and Tammy Abraham to score gives you chances. That's why I'm throwing all three of those permutations into my best bet of the day at 3.65!
Who would win in a battle between a tiger and a bear - easy!
Hull 2.88 v Brentford 2.62; The Draw 3.60
Hull are a side reborn in recent weeks, whereas Brentford seem to be still mourning the departure of the aforementioned Dean Smith to Aston Villa.
I gave Hull no chance this season, but the Tigers are battling and have only been beaten by Nottingham Forest in their last seven league games, where they have picked up a crucial 12 points from the 21 available (W3, D3, L1). It's a run that has seen them move clear of the drop zone for the first time since the early stages of the season.
Meanwhile the Bees have stuttered from disappointment to disaster with just one win in their last 14 Championship matches and only a solitary point from their last five games. Away from home they are yet to notch victory this season. They have also tasted defeat on their last three visits to the KCOM. How they are deemed favourites at 2.62 is a mystery.
A quick glance at the table would suggest there is nothing between these two sides. Brentford in 18th are a point and a place ahead of Hull. But, in reality, the momentum is with Hull and they should win this weekend to leapfrog Brentford and boost their hopes of survival.
Don't get too adventurous with this one - only 18 Championship goals have been scored at the KCOM this season.
It's a Hull win and at 2.88 that's plenty good enough.
Swans a great play any day of the week against Wednesday
Swansea 1.80 v Sheffield Wed 5.10; The Draw 3.90
The Swans beat Wednesday 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium last season and they host The Owls again with the visitors in poor form and their manager clinging on by a thread.
Wednesday haven't scored a single goal in their last five matches against Swansea in all competitions and the form would suggest they will struggle to break that trend. Dutch boss Jos Luhukay is beginning to feel the heat as supporters lose patience and see the January transfer windown looming large.
Wednesday haven't won an away match in Wales in all competitions in their last 11 attempts (D5, L6) and they have won just one of their last nine Championship games (D2, L6).
The Swans have lost their last two home games, but that was against high flying Norwich and West Brom. The Welsh outfit are yet to lose back-to-back Championship games at the Liberty Stadium and that record will remain intact on Saturday.
It's simple. Swansea win at1.80 and Owls boss Luhukay may well find a P45 waiting on his office desk at Hillsbrough.
Back over 2.5 goals in Aston Villa v Stoke, BTTS and Tammy Abraham to score @ 3.65 (best bet)