If Stoke can make it three wins on the spin by beating Sunderland at the Satdium of Light they will be safe. Despite a poor record here - no goals and no points in the last six visits the pressure is all on the home side.
According to betting expert Joe Ross from www.footyinsider.co.uk
'Di Canio started on a roll after losing narrowly to Chelsea he galvanised his side to beat Newcastle and Everton. But the Black Cats reverted to type at Aston Villa last Monday and it will need a big change to come back from that.
'Stoke have alayed their own worries with back to back wins and looked a more confident outfit against Norwich last time.
'Stoke remain a better side than most in the bottom half of the table depsite a desparate run since the New Year. Tony Pulis will sit down with owner Peter Coates once the season is over to discuss his future - we thnik Stoke will stick with the man who has kept them in the top flight for six seasons.
'Compare his experience to Di canio's four games in the Premier League!
'This is a big game for both sides and Pulis's dogged approach may see Stoke bely very generous odds of 3/1. They can still finish in the top ten.'
Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon is banned for the rest of the season after his red card at Aston Villa last week.
Fellow striker Connor Wickham is also expected to miss out again with a calf injury.
Stoke have concerns over defenders Marc Wilson (hamstring) and Andy Wilkinson (back) and midfielder Glenn Whelan (groin).
Winger Matthew Etherington returned from a back problem as a substitute last weekend and could start.