Practitioners of the raw food fad and the permanently preoccupied may suggest revenge is a dish best served cold, but Stoke City will have other ideas.
Just four days after they fell under the wheels of Southampton’s winning streak at St Mary’s they play Ronald Koeman’s side in Capital One Cup action at the Britannia.
What’s more they look overpriced for victory at 21/10, especially given that they have treated the competition with the utmost respect under Mark Hughes.
Southampton are 6/5 to record an amazing ninth win in ten games, with the draw at 90 minutes an 11/5 chance.
The XI Hughes sent out to squeeze past Sunderland in the previous round showed zero discernable drop in strength from the one that beat Newcastle at the Britannia next time out.
Southampton, on the other hand, are expected to give fringe types Maya Yoshida and Florian Gardos, amongst others, a run out in the Potteries.
It’s a risky policy from the Saints, who will be taking on a side who have polished off the spoils in eight of the last 11 tussles on their notoriously forbidding territory, not once conceding more than a single strike.
Both of the visitors’ losses this season have come on the road too.
If Stoke are to secure an avenging success against Koeman’s side then it’s more than likely it’ll come by a solitary goal, an eventuality that can be backed at 13/10.
Six of Southampton’s nine matches against Premier League opposition this season to end decisively one way or another have done so by a single goal.
Meanwhile eight of the Potters’ last ten home wins over top-tier foes have come by the slenderest of margins.
The wager is a doubly appealing one as it covers either outfit winning by the stated margin of victory.