Terry Conroy has joined Nigel Johnson and Lee Blakeman in the commentary box for today's game and you can log on to listen to their thoughts ahead of kick off now
We are expecting the team news to reach us wothin the next 20 minutes or so. Should be announced at 3:10pm.
Everyone's attentions firmly focussed on the television screens with Sunderland currently beating Man City. Never thought I'd say this but come on you Blues!
Arrived safely at the Liberty Stadium, and just endulged in some fine Welsh cuisine. Roast beef dinner to be more precise :)
The four of us travelling down are feeling rather optimistic ahead of today's game. All of us share the belief that we will take something from the game - Phil (Photographer) 2-1 win - Colin 1-1 - Adam 2-1 win - Mark 1-0 win. Come on stoke!
MH: I'm not a horse racing man but you'd have to be living on the moon not to realise Tony McCoy won his 4,000th race. I actually made a point of watching that one and it's a remarkable achievement.
MH: The fact that the FA have changed the decision on retrospective punishment is a positive.
MH: January isn't a great window and invariably you have to pay over the odds. Good players usually come at a premium as their clubs don't want them to leave. It's not easy and we won't put all our eggs in the 'January basket'
MH: If people haven't done their homework they may see that we've not got a win in 7 games but if they look closer and take time out you won't come to the conclusion [that its a good time to play Stoke]
MH: There seems to be a lot of noise surrounding the [Wales manager] position but I'm not sure Chris [Coleman] wants it or not. I'm sure he'll make the decision that suits him and with him being out of contract he is at full liberty to do so.
MH; If you look at Swansea then they might be viewed in a different way than us but they've lost the same amount of games that we have.
MH: I don't think the impact of having to go to Russia and then back for a home game that follows will tax them too much as they've got a big squad and they've done well with dealing with it.
MH: People make jokes about Asmir Begovic being our joint-top goalscorer in the league but if you look at a lot of other clubs then they'll have strikers who haven't scored too many either.
MH: I've played against Michael Laudrup in the cup final in 1991 I think and a few times when Wales played Denmark. I've also met him a few times at manager conferences but I don't know him personally really.
MH: We might be a couple of seasons away from playing like Swansea, who are maybe at the extreme end, but they've been playing in that way from six or seven years.
MH: Now it's time that we need to put points on the board as we look to get to the targets that we put in place at the start of the season
MH: It's still early days and we're only ten games gone. We're trying to keep the good parts of Stoke's play from previous but there is capability with the group that I have that we can play football too. You can see the change with the performances and for the most part we've been okay.
MH: If you like at the seven games [without a win] we've had some tough games in there against the likes of Man Utd. We came away with nothing from there even though by all accounts it was the club's best performance there in years. The only disappointing game in terms of performance levels was the one against Norwich
MH: With the wind we had the option of going with it in the first half but maybe it was actually harder playing with it than against. It's the hardest condition to play in and we move on now.
Mark Hughes: Southampton probably had the better of the game first half, even though we scored first. And then we had the better of the second. It was a fair result