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Tottenham - Stoke City Preview: Hosts haven't lost four Premier League games on the bounce in over six years

With the events of last Saturday still reverberating around the country, Spurs will have to overcome the emotion and get back on track after three losses on the trot


PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Friedel
Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Van der Vaart, Parker, Modric, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor

STOKE CITY

Sorensen
Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson
Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington
Crouch, Walters


Harry Redknapp is likely to be without Aaron Lennon as the winger continues his recovery from a hamstring strain picked up at the beginning of March, but striker Emmanuel Adebayor is in line for a return after overcoming his own hamstring injury and should come straight into the starting line-up.

Forgotten man Heurelho Gomes remains sidelined with a knee injury and is not expected back until the middle of April.

It’s good news all round for Tony Pulis as he has no new injury worries with suspended striker Ricardo Fuller the only unavailable player.

Stoke could line-up almost identically to their Anfield trip, with Jon Walters and Peter Crouch starting up front together and Matthew Etherington hoping to make a similar impact to his performance in the reverse fixture, with two goals, on Wednesday night.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Tottenham have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their seven Premier League meetings with Stoke City.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (pictured right) has been caught offside 44 times this season, the most in the Premier League.
  • White Hart Lane has seen 99 draws in the Premier League era.
  • Spurs haven't lost four Premier League games in a row since November 2004 and haven't lost back to back home games since September 2008.
  • Despite losing their last three Premier League games, Spurs still have more points (after 28 games) than in any previous Premier League season.
  • Stoke's Matthew Etherington has scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against Spurs.
  • Stoke have scored a league high 37% of their goals from headers.
  • The Potters have conceded a league-high 54% of their goals in the first half of games this season.
  • Stoke have scored the highest proportion of set piece goals in the Premier League (59%).

 

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Available Squads
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
4Younes KaboulDefender
20Ledley KingDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
8Louis SahaStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseDefender
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
15SandroMidfielder
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
18Jermain DefoeStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
4Robert HuthDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
15Salif DiaoDefender
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
30Ryan ShottonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
Players to Watch
Rafael van der Vaart
Rafael van der Vaart
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
With the absence of Lennon after another knock, Spurs lost their shape and balance when playing Bale on the right and Modric on the left. It almost nullified the Croatian’s impact on the game.
Now that Van der Vaart has returned, he will be looking to pop up and give support from the wing to add to his tally of four assists so far this season.
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
After his, slightly, acrimonious departure from Spurs last August, Crouch will be relishing a starring role on Wednesday. He failed to make an impact in the reverse fixture but coming off the back of a scoring display against Liverpool, confidence will be ranked up for the trip to Spurs.
Prediction
The reverse fixture was a controversial one. Spurs came into the game on the back of 10 wins and a draw from their previous 11 matches only to find themselves 2-0 down at halftime against The Potters.
There were claims of handball in the build-up to Stoke’s opener, before Shawcross appeared to handle Defoe’s effort on the line to safety. In addition, Adebayor had a goal incorrectly ruled offside before Kaboul was sent packing for a second, debatable red card.
All in all, Spurs are after revenge. They have had a poor run of late, and the events of last Saturday will loom large I’m sure. That must have an effect on the players. With this in mind, and Stoke’s antithetical tactical approach, I’m going for a draw.
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