Throughout a season where it seems every other club has been immersed in one crisis or another, both Stoke and Bolton have made serene progress.
Tony Pulis has defended his striker Tuncay, after the Turkish forward posted a video on Facebook displaying some of his best goals. Pulis has been one manager not to ban social networking sites amongst his squad, conceding that any ban would be unworkable.
Bolton have not cashed in on the poor run of form befalling several of the clubs around them. The Trotters have lost two of their last three league games and needed two late goals to see of non-league York in the FA Cup.
With both sides almost certain to avoid relegation, and barring a stunning run of form highly unlikely to grab a European slot, both managers may find themselves focusing on the FA Cup in the coming months. A draw here would keep both well out of the battle engulfing the bottom half of the division.