Competition: Premier League – Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Venue: Britannia Stadium – Monday, April 18 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Stoke City 7/2 – Draw 13/5 – Tottenham Hotspur 4/5
The Potters have been refreshing at times this season, playing an aggressive style of football which has broken the old style set by Tony Pulis. Mark Hughes really has to be credited for the attractive football they now play and he will look back over the season as a successful one.
Saying that, recent form has been less than ideal as they have only won once in their last five in the top flight. They will be looking to make sure their hard work this season results in a top half finish, which is more than deserved.
Stoke come into the game off the back of their 4-1 thumping at the hands of Liverpool last week and will need to avoid a second-straight heavy defeat to Spurs here.
Tottenham on the other hand will want to push Leicester City all the way in this year’s title race. The Lilywhites have their best ever chance to win the league and the 3-0 win over Manchester United last Sunday illustrates they are not giving up easily.
Being the highest scorers and having the best defence would usually win you the title but this year Leicester’s incredible success has kept them ahead of Spurs. They look set to remain above the North London outfit for the rest of the way but nothing can be ruled out.
Spurs are relying on a slip up from the Foxes on Sunday but Spurs fans have plenty of reason for optimism even if they don’t win the title this year. You get the feeling they are a team that is destined for years at the top, with an excellent young side being coached by an excellent manager in Mauricio Pochettino.
Stoke City will be without Jack Butland (ankle), Jon Walters (knee), Glen Johnson (knee), Marc Wilson (knee). Glenn Whelan (back), Marko Arnautovic (knee), Marc Muniesa (knock) are all doubts. Erik Pieters is suspended.
Tottenham Hotspur are definitely without Nabil Bentaleb who has a knee injury. Clinton N’Jie (knee) and Harry Kane (hip) are doubts but the latter is expected to still start up front as he has done in every game up to this point.
Stoke City’ last five: D/L/W/D/L
Tottenham Hotspur’s last five: D/W/W/D/W
Key Stat: Tottenham have only lost once in their last fifteen away trips in the Premier League.
Key Player: Dele Alli – The young England midfielder has not ceased to amaze this year and has a deserved nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. His partnership with Harry Kane may prove the difference once again in another huge game for Spurs.
Stoke City 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur – Tottenham have been – depending what way you look at it – the Premier League side with the most quality this year, easily playing the most attractive style of football. We expect a routine victory on Monday night at Stoke to keep faint title hopes alive.