Stoke manager Tony Pulis has not been surprised by Blackpool's Carling Cup form now his old friend Ian Holloway is in charge at Bloomfield Road.
The teams meet in the Carling Cup and Pulis is a big admirer of Holloway, who he tips to become a legend by the seaside.
Blackpool thumped Wigan 4-1 in the second round and will travel to Stoke in confident mood after victories over Newcastle and Nottingham Forest.
Pulis, who is set to field his second-string side, said: "It's going to be a very tough game. Reidy (Stoke's assistant manager Peter Reid) saw them beat Newcastle and was very impressed.
"Blackpool are physically very strong and I'm not surprised they are giving everyone a run for their money. `Ollie' is building a good side and we will have our hands full."