Hull will arrive on the back of consecutive victories.
"It is going to be a very difficult game for us and we all know that," he told PottersMag, the official Stoke match-day programme.
"They have won their last two games against teams in and around them in the table, and even before that they went to Manchester City and picked up a superb point.
"They will come here full of confidence and determined to keep this little run going.
"We will treat the fixture exactly the same as we would if we were playing one of the top two or three sides.
"They command that respect because they have proven Premier League players who are capable of hurting any team in the league.
"We are just focused on ourselves though right now and we know that if we can play to our maximum then we are more than a match for any team."
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