PREM: Tottenham v Stoke preview


Tottenham v Stoke preview

Tottenham will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Stoke City at White Hart Lane


Spurs have only won one of their last four matches in all competitions, including losing 2-0 at Liverpool in the Premier League and a defeat and a draw against Genk, which knocked them out of the Europa League.

However, Mauricio Pochettino's side remain the only unbeaten team at home this season in the Premier League and will equal their club record of eight successive wins if they see off Stoke, who have not won in 12 top-flight games against top-half sides this season (D5, L7).

Added to that, Mark Hughes' men have won only one of their last 20 Premier League visits to London (D7, L12), which was against Spurs in 2014 - a 2-1 win.
 
Tottenham will be without Danny Rose and Erik Lamela again for the match. The defender is out with a knee injury - meaning Ben Davies is expected to continue at left-back - while the winger is still recovering from a hip problem.

Pochettino must decide whether to rotate after Spurs played 51 minutes with 10 men against Gent in the Europa League on Thursday.

Xherdan Shaqiri is set to make his return to Stoke's matchday squad after missing the last three games with a calf problem.

Phil Bardsley - who limped off in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last time out - and Wilfried Bony, ruled out of that contest because of illness, are both expected to be available. Saido Berahino could be included in the starting line-up for the first time since joining from West Brom in January.

Jonathan Walters and Geoff Cameron (both knee) are close to their comebacks but it looks as if this game is too soon.


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