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  • December 11, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: C. Foy
  • • Attendance: 27529
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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


PROBABLE LINEUPS

STOKE CITY
 


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

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

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


DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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Players to watch

P. Crouch

Position: Attacker

Games: 8

  • 2
  • 1
  • 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.

G. Bale

Position: Midfielder

Games: 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.

Editor's Prediction

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
0
2
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
18%
70%

Top 3 Predictions

Stoke City FC STO
1 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Stoke City FC STO
1 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Stoke City FC STO
0 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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