However, each side have failed to win in two matches, leaving them in seventh and fourth position respectively ahead of the game at the bet365 Stadium.
Having kept Bournemouth in the top six of the table since his appointment earlier this year, Jason Tindall has performed considerably better than many anticipated after he was named as the replacement for Eddie Howe.
However, the former Cherries assistant is now facing his first real test with his side having under-performed in games against Wycombe Wanderers, Luton Town and Brentford.
While four points were still collected from those fixtures, supporters would have expected more than two goals from that triple-header.
The postponement of their Boxing Day contest led to an unexpected period of reflection for Tindall, but the 11-day break from action did not benefit them against one of their promotion rivals.
As it stands, Bournemouth will reclaim second spot if they win their game in hand, although that scenario will only remain if they can get back on track against Stoke.
Although their next opponents have put together a five-match unbeaten record in the Championship, four of those games have ended in low-scoring draws.
The Potters still sit just two points adrift of sixth-placed Reading, but a group of teams are in line to move ahead of them if they cannot find a solution in attack.
With Bournemouth losing just two of their 11 away fixtures this season, O'Neill may have to tinker with his system to find the cutting edge required to return to winning ways.
Stoke City Championship form: LDDWDD
Bournemouth Championship form: WDWWDL
Bournemouth boss Tindall could revert back to a 3-4-3 formation, a move which would likely see a return for Diego Rico.
Stoke City possible starting lineup:
Bursik; Collins, Souttar, Chester; Smith, Thompson, Powell, Clucas, McClean; Vokes, Brown
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Cook, Simpson, Kelly; Smith, Lerma, Billing, Rico; Brooks, Solanke, Stanislas
We say: Stoke City 1-1 Bournemouth
While both clubs are in need of maximum points to boost their promotion hopes, O'Neill and Tindall may be prepared to accept a share of the spoils. With that in mind, expect defences to come out on top in the Potteries on Saturday night.