Tottenham v Stoke Preview

Out of both of these clubs, there appears to be just one team with anything to play for. Having amassed enough points to avoid the drop, Stoke’s season seems to be all but over and Tony Pulis is surely preparing for next term. Tottenham on the other hand have absolutely everything at stake, with the White Hart Lane outfit looking to hold onto their position of 3rd and qualify for the Champions League.

Tottenham approach this match following some horrific events in their previous encounter, with their match against Bolton abandoned mid-way through following Fabrice Muamba’s collapse. Harry Redknapp claims his players are now focussed to play following that incident, with Spurs looking to keep hold of their current Champions League qualification placing. At the moment, their position is certainly precarious, with 4th place Arsenal trailing their North London rivals by just one point. Furthermore, with Chelsea showing signs of improvement through recent weeks, there is also added pressure from 5th place as Spurs prepare for their final ten games of the campaign. It has to be said that Harry Redknapp’s side approach this clash with some poor form behind them though, with Tottenham losing their last three games in the Premier League following defeats to Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton.

With fourteen points separating Stoke from the bottom three, the Potters are almost certain of Premier League survival at this stage of the campaign. However, that does mean that Tony Pulis’ men have little to play for, with the Britannia Stadium outfit positioned in 14th with very little else at stake. This is probably a good thing for Stoke, who have had to and will come up against some of the top flight’s toughest opponents. The Potters approach this clash on the back of successive defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea, while this Wednesday’s tie against Tottenham is hardly a walk in the park. Moreover, with the Staffordshire outfit losing five of their last six games on the road, their supporters are unlikely to be very optimistic ahead of this game.

In terms of team news, Tottenham could make changes for this game with Harry Redknapp permitting those players badly affected by Fabrice Muamba’s collapse at the weekend to miss the fixture. Moreover, Ledley King and Emmanuel Adebayor will both miss the clash as injuries hinder them. Stoke on the other hand just have the one piece of news to report, with Ricardo Fuller poised to sit out again for the Potters as he continues to serve his suspension.

As for a prediction, our tip can only be a Tottenham victory. Even though Spurs have lost their last three in the top flight, they are up against a Stoke side who have a miserable record on the road at the moment. Bearing this in mind, we’ll tip a narrow 2-1 win for the White Hart Lane outfit.

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