Tottenham travel to the Britannia Stadium today to participate in a fixture that has produced some great clashes over the years. Although not a dominant force in the Premier League, Stoke can beat anyone on their day, proving as such against Chelsea this season. This will not be an easy test for the Spurs, especially when facing up against the real-life pantomime villain, Charlie Adam.
Stoke have only won three of their 11 Premier League games against Tottenham (D2, L6). All five of Stoke’s home Premier League games against Tottenham have ended with a 2-1 scoreline, Stoke winning twice by that margin and Spurs three times.
Stoke are four points shy of a club record tally in the Premier League and are eyeing their first-ever top-10 finish in the competition (previous best is 11th in 2009-10). The Potters have won their last four home league games – they have never won five consecutive Premier League home matches. They have taken 17 points from the last 24 available (W5, D2, L1). Only Liverpool and Everton have a better record over the same period. Only the current Premier League top five have a better home record than Stoke this season, with three quarters of their points having been earned at the Britannia Stadium. Seven of their nine home league wins this season have come by a single goal, including three of the last four.
Only Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have a better away record than Tottenham this season (30 points). However, they are without a win in their last four games on their travels (D1, L3) and have conceded 12 times in those fixtures. Spurs are without a clean sheet in their last seven Premier League matches. Tottenham have scored more goals in their last five games (14) than Stoke have managed in their last 10 (13). Christian Eriksen has scored four goals and assisted five more in his last five Premier League appearances. Tim Sherwood has the best win percentage of any Tottenham manager in the Premier League (58%).
Injury-wise, the home side are without former Tottenham midfielder Matthew Etherington (back) as well as defender, Huth (knee). Spurs’ casualties remain similar to last week, with the list including Walker (groin), Vertonghen (ankle), Lamela (back) and Capoue (ankle).
Predicted team: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Dawson, Fryers, Paulinho, Dembélé, Lennon, Eriksen, Adebayor, Kane.
Predicted score: Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur.
*statistical information retrieved from BBC.co.uk/sport