Match Preview – Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 20.46.05Tottenham travel to the Britannia Stadium this week in the hope that they will gain valuable points in the run-down towards the end of the season.

Spurs suffered a shock defeat to Mark Hughes’ side in November at White Hart Lane, and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to correct the mistakes from the 2-1 suffering.

Venue: Britannia Stadium

Kick-Off: 3pm

Television Coverage: Not televised.

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Stoke have won just six of their last 31 league matches against Spurs. Tottenham have lost only twice in six previous league visits to the Britannia Stadium. There have been six red cards in the last six league meetings at the Britannia Stadium, and Kyle Naughton was sent off at White Hart Lane in the reverse fixture this season.

Only Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have a better away record than Tottenham this season (W8, D2, L5). Tottenham have only kept one clean sheet in their last 12 league matches. Like Stoke, only Crystal Palace and QPR have kept fewer clean sheets than the seven by Spurs this season.

Harry Kane made his first league start under Mauricio Pochettino against Stoke in November. He has since started Tottenham’s subsequent 24 league games, scoring 19 goals. His goals have won more points (22) than any other Premier League player this season.

Opposition Focus 

Stoke have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches (W1, D2, L4). Only Crystal Palace and QPR have kept fewer clean sheets than Stoke’s seven this season. The Potters have gone seven matches without one. Marc Wilson’s sending off last weekend meant they were the last team in the Premier League this season to pick up a red card. They have conceded a league-high 43% of their goals from set-pieces this season.

Injury News 

Kyle Walker (foot) and Ben Davies (shoulder) remain sidelined whilst Andros Townsend and Mousa Dembélé are likely to return to the match-day squad.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Dier, Fazio, Vertonghen, Rose, Mason, Bentaleb, Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli, Kane

Score – Stoke City 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Ryan-Mason-vs-Stoke

 

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