thumbnail Hello,
Live

League Cup

  • 20 September 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 15023
0
PEN
0

Stoke City won 7 - 6 on penalties

Stoke City - Tottenham Preview: Both sides likely to rotate squads in battle with fixture congestion

Stoke City - Tottenham Preview: Both sides likely to rotate squads in battle with fixture congestion

Getty Images

League Cup tie comes amid Premier League and Europa League commitments for both sides, with both managers expected to utilise their squads in a hope to avoid fatigue


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Shotton, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson
Pennant, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington
Jones, Jerome

TOTTENHAM

Gomes
Corluka, Kaboul, Bassong, Townsend
Giovani, Livermore, Bostock, Falque Pavlyuchenko, Kane

Tony Pulis has assembled a strong and versatile squad, but is short of a recognised left-back with Danny Higginbotham still injured, Marc Wilson has provided cover so far this season and is likely to continue here. Wilson Palacios could be in line for a start against his former club and Kenwyne Jones will be keen to impress following Pulis' deadline day swoop for Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome.

Spurs are also likely to make changes but Harry Redknapp's squad remains low on numbers due to several injuries. Youngsters Kane and Townsend may be given an opportunity following promising Europa League outings against PAOK. Redknapp has hinted that Gomes will be selected for this game after opting for Carlo Cudicini in Greece last week.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stoke will be looking to set the record straight after their unbeaten start to the season was derailed by Sunderland following a 4-0 thumping at the Stadium of Light.
  • The arrivals of Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios (right) saw the number of ex-Spurs players in Stoke's squad double, adding to Matty Etherington and Jonathan Woodgate.
  • The League Cup's record goalscorer Geoff Hurst scored six of his 49 League Cup goals for Stoke. The other 43 were scored for West Ham.
  • The Potters were eliminated in the fourth-round of the League Cup by West Ham last season. They fared better in the FA Cup, however, reaching the final where they were beaten by Manchester City.
  • The 1972 League Cup remains Stoke's only major honour.
  • Tottenham won this competition as recently as 2008 when they beat Chelsea thanks to a Woodgate header.
  • Spurs have contested six League Cup finals, winning four of them.
  • Redknapp's side have kept three consecutive clean sheets in all competitions after conceding five against Manchester City.
  • Tottenham beat Stoke in both of their Premier League encounters last season.
  • White Hart Lane legend Clive Allen holds the record for most League Cup goals scored in one season, netting an incredible 12 times in the 1986/87 campaign.

Related

Field Report
Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
Head to Head
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 26 Apr 2014 Stoke City 0 - Tottenham 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 29 Dec 2013 Tottenham 3 - Stoke City 0
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 12 May 2013 Stoke City 1 - Tottenham 2
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 22 Dec 2012 Tottenham 0 - Stoke City 0
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Premier League ‎(EPL)‎ 21 Mar 2012 Tottenham 1 - Stoke City 1
  • Player Ratings
  • Match Report
  • Play by Play
  • Preview
Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
30Ryan ShottonDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
20Matthew UpsonDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
20Carlo NashGoalkeeper
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
15Salif DiaoDefender
-Danny PughMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
25Peter CrouchStriker
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
1GomesGoalkeeper
22Vedran CorlukaDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
5S. BassongDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
46Thomas CarrollMidfielder
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
17Andros TownsendMidfielder
27Massimo LuongoMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
27Iago FalquéStriker
37Harry KaneStriker
-Cristian CeballosStriker
Players to Watch
Glenn Whelan
Glenn Whelan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Irish midfielder may look to pull the strings in midfield if he comes up against inexperienced opposition, and he possesses the ability to score from range which may be useful when up against the occasionally calamitous Gomes.

Whelan is also useful in defence but will be hoping that more experienced Spurs stars such as Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart are not playing so he can pose a more attacking threat.
Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The winger may play on the left side of defence again after impressing in the position against PAOK, has enough pace to trouble Stoke's typically physical backline and will look to provide opportunities for goal-hungry strikers.

The 20-year-old was loaned to three Championship clubs last season but looks to be a part of Redknapp's plans now and will want to grab another chance to impress his manager.
Prediction
Stoke's squad appears to contain more experience and ability given Spurs' current injury worries and this may see the Potters home if Redknapp fields a young team.
Editor's Prediction

From the web