Dzeko expects to keep his place for the game.
He said: “I am hoping to play against Stoke, not only because I’m good in the air but because I can score goals.
“It will be a tough game, especially against my good friend Asmir. He is in fantastic form.
“Stoke have the best keeper in the league. I knew him before he came to play for the national team.
“I know him better than most people because I have trained with him and is a great keeper who will go on and play for a bigger team.”