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December 11, 2011 4:00 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 27529‎

Premier League Preview: Stoke City v Tottenham

The north London club are on a stellar run after remaining unbeaten in their last 11 games in the Premier League, having registered 10 victories during this time

By Adithya Ananth



Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham
Pennant, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington
Walters, Crouch


Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Van der Vaart
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis barely has any injury concerns ahead of this fixture, as Mamady Sidibe (knee) is the only player still sidelined. But Danny Collins is also unavailable, after going out on loan to Ipswich Town.

Meanwhile, Rory Delap missed the victory over Everton with a back injury, but he should at least be able to make the bench for this clash.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will not be able to use the services of David Bentley (knee), Michael Dawson (Achilles), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) or Jermaine Jenas (Achilles).

Several players are doubts for this fixture, with Gareth Bale recovering from a knock, while Jermain Defoe is dealing with a hamstring problem. Ledley King has yet again encountered a knee problem, while Niko Kranjcar is recovering from a thigh injury. Roman Pavlyuchenko was previously ruled out for the game against PAOK, but could be fit for the upcoming game. But it is unlikely that he might be handed a place in the starting line-up.

  • Stoke City have lost four of their last six games in the Premier League. But they have won their last two.
  • The Potters have beaten Spurs 16 times in league games at home, but have lost 11 games as well. A further nine ended as draws.
  • Over the course of the the two clubs' existence, Stoke have managed to put 94 goals past the north London club's defence, while conceding 126 in the process.
  • Tottenham Hotspur have won four of the last five Premier League games between the two sides, including two victories at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Gareth Bale (pictured right) has scored four goals and created four more in his last five games in the Premier League.
  • Harry Redknapp's men are currently undefeated in their last 11 league games, and are on a run of six consecutive victories.
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
12Marc WilsonDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
8Jonathan WoodgateDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
30Ryan ShottonDefender
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
24Rory DelapMidfielder
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Ricardo FullerStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
13William GallasDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
22Vedran CorlukaDefender
5S. BassongDefender
22Steven PienaarMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
Players to Watch
Peter Crouch
Peter Crouch
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 25
Games Goals YC RC
31 7 6 0
Peter Crouch will be playing against his former employers, knowing fully well that he was responsible for Tottenham beating the hosts back in April, when he bagged a brace for the north London club. He will likely have to put in a similar performance if the Potters are to stop Harry Redknapp's in-form men.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Gareth Bale has managed to score four times in his last five appearances in the Premier League, outsmarting many a right-back in the process. During the same period, he has also grabbed four assists, and remains a potent threat to the Potters.

Probable Lineups
Thomas Sørensen 29
Marc Wilson 12
Ryan Shawcross 17
Jonathan Woodgate 8
Robert Huth 4
Matthew Etherington 26
Dean Whitehead 18
Glenn Whelan 6
Ryan Shotton 30
Jonathan Walters 19
Peter Crouch 25
Brad Friedel 24
Benoit Assou-Ekotto 32
Younes Kaboul 4
William Gallas 13
Kyle Walker 2
Gareth Bale 11
Scott Parker 28
Rafael van der Vaart 23
Luka Modric 19
Aaron Lennon 7
Emmanuel Adebayor 10
The general notion is that the Britannia Stadium is a difficult place to go to and get a favourable result, with many teams in the top six having previously settled for a point. But the recent form shown by both teams means that manager Harry Redknapp will be unlikely to settle for anything less than three points.

Spurs are one of the teams to beat at the moment, and should be able to snatch a victory in the Potteries.
Editor's Prediction
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Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
20 0
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18 6
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Man Utd.
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Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Manchester City
15 0