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  • April 9, 2011
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  • • White Hart Lane, London
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Premier League preview: Tottenham - Stoke

Premier League preview: Tottenham - Stoke

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Harry Redknapp's side need to banish Champions League hangover in order to qualify for next year's competition, with Premier League's worst away team, to form, up next



PROBABLE LINE-UPS

Tottenham: Gomes; Corluka, Gallas, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Van der Vaart; Defoe.


Stoke: Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Pugh; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Jones, Walters.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • The last four times Stoke have played Spurs, they have scored one goal and one goal only.
  • Comeback kings Tottenham have recouped more points (21) from losing positions than any other Premier League side.
  • They have only lost one of their last nine league games but Spurs have drawn the last three on the bounce.
  • Spurs have failed to capitalise on their relatively easy run of Premeir League games, the last four being against the bottom four and recording three draws and a loss.
  • Spurs have gone four games, in all competitions, without netting.
  • Harry Redknapp's side have only lost one of their last 25 Premier League home games.
  • Stoke are on a terrible away game run, failing to score in the last five and losing the last six.
  • Tony Pulis' side have never drawn in London in the Premier League, winning three and losing 11 of their 14 trips.
  • Stoke's 76 per cent of second-half goals is the highest in the league.
  • Stoke have just 10 away points this season, the second worse in the league


LAST MEETING



August 21, 2010: Stoke 1-2 Tottenham


An entertaining first half saw a Ricardo Fuller goal sandwiched in the middle of a Gareth Bale brace, earning the visiting side all three points.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1GomesGoalkeeper
22Vedran CorlukaDefender
20Michael DawsonDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
32Benoit Assou-EkottoDefender
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
8Tom HuddlestoneMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
9Roman PavlyuchenkoStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
13William GallasDefender
5S. BassongDefender
3Danny RoseMidfielder
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
30SandroMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
28Andy WilkinsonDefender
12Marc WilsonDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
7Jermaine PennantMidfielder
24Rory DelapMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
5Danny CollinsDefender
25Abdoulaye FayeDefender
-Danny PughMidfielder
15Salif DiaoDefender
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
10Ricardo FullerStriker
Players to Watch
Aaron Lennon
Aaron Lennon
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Suitably rested after a mysterious bout of illness that led to him being withdrawn against Real Madrid, Lennon will immediately look to gloss over the circumstances that he feels led to him being a scapegoat for Tottenham’s poor Champions League showing.

His threat down the right will more than help to subdue Stoke’s influential Matthew Etherington and with Spurs’ forwards misfiring, he may have to chip in himself in order to drive the side's Champions League ambitions for next season.

Asmir Begovic
Asmir Begovic
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

The 23-year old keeper has made the No.1 jersey his own at the Britannia, keeping the more experienced Thomas Sorensen well out of the picture.

And it should be a busy afternoon for the Bosnian at White Hart Lane, with Spurs surely keen to stamp their authority with what would be a crucial win. Set pieces shouldn’t be a problem for Begovic, given the size of his back four, but I think he might face on onslaught from every other angle.

Prediction
Stoke's away form is certainly cause for concern but I think Spurs will still be dazed and confused from their midweek tonking. Both teams are finding scoring goals a problem and though I think the home side will see it as two points lost, they may have to be happy with a hard earned draw.
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