This is the 18th meeting between these two in the Premier League, Spurs lead the way with nine wins and have won the two previous meetings 0-4. Stoke City are unbeaten at White Hart Lane in their last two trips (W1 D1) but have never gone three in a row without a defeat. Back in September goals from Dele, Kane and two from Son secured a convincing one sided win for Spurs. Stoke City find themselves in the familiar position of ninth in the league, they have only one defeat in their last 5 games, an identical run to Spurs. They find themselves in 3rd position in the league, 10 points behind the leaders Chelsea. Stoke City have just returned from a warm weather training camp in Dubai, this was the fourth year they have gone, they hope to return refreshed and ready for the final third of the season.
Stoke City like to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, in recent games they have gone back to using Peter Crouch as their main striker. His goal against Everton was his 100th in the Premier League, 12 of those he scored in a Spurs shirt. He became the 26th player in Premier League history to achieve this milestone. Despite a change in Stoke City’s tactics they have the 2nd best aerial success rate behind only Manchester United. Joe Allen has been excellent form this season, finding himself in a new position behind the striker. He has scored 6 goals in 24 appearances, this by far his most productive scoring season in his career. Spurs also line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation having abandoned the 3 at the back in recent weeks. Spurs still boast an excellent defensive record, they have kept the most clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season with 8. They are averaging 1.84 goals a game and are 2nd in the league with 17.1 shots a game, with 5.9 shots being on target. Spurs remain unbeaten at White Hart Lane, and will be looking to keep it going throughout this last campaign.
Stoke City’s last Premier League game was a 1-0 home win against struggling Crystal Palace, it was their 8th win in the league this season. Spurs were left disappointed in their last Premier League game with a 2-0 away loss to Liverpool. Harry Kane and Dele Alli are both in the top ten in the scoring charts with 14 and 11 goals respectively. They have both scored three goals in their last two Premier League matches against Stoke. Spurs welcomed Jan Vertonghen back from injury, but are still without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela who are both some way from returning to full training. Christian Eriksen is 2nd in the league with 8 assists only Kevin De Bruyne on 9 has more, Kyle Walker leads all the defenders in the league with 5 assists.
How the teams may line-up:
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