With the Premier League back in action after the first International break of the season, Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Stoke to face Mark Hughes’ men. Tottenham will look to secure a win against a deflated Stoke side who are yet to get their engine started. A late goal from Danny Rose snatched a point from a strong Liverpool side in their last fixture.
Tale of The Tape:
Last time the two teams met at the Britannia Stadium Tottenham stormed a 4-0 win with Kane and Alli both netting twice, as Spurs dominated. Spurs have only lost three of their last ten encounters with the Potters, two of which were in the 2014/2015 season. The Lilywhites won four of the ten and the remaining three resulted in draws. The two teams came face to face at a similar time last season at White Hart Lane. The game saw Mauricio Pochettino’s men drop two points after leading by two goals in the final fifteen minutes. Dier opened the scoring within twenty minutes of the game before Chadli netted at the end of the first half. Stoke equalised through an Arnautovic penalty and a Diouf header.
Stoke currently sit at the bottom of the table as they are still looking for their first win. Spurs however have so far registered a win and two draws and will be looking to get the ball rolling early this season.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is available for selection after recovering from a hamstring injury, which he picked up on the opening day of the season. However Spurs will be without Danny Rose who suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty. The game at Stoke will also mark the last match of Mousa Dembele’s ban. Tottenham will be with Georges-Kevin NKoudou, Pau Lopez and Moussa Sissoko who all joined on transfer deadline day.
Stoke, on the other hand, will be without midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri who is battling with a calf injury. The Swiss picked it up in preseason and is yet to recover. Glen Johnson, however, returned to first team training for the Potters this week and could feature in the clash. During the transfer window Stoke brought in the like of Joe Allen and Wilfried Bony, both of whom could feature.
Predicted Stoke City XI:
Given, Bardsley, Shawcross, Cameron, Pieters, Allen, Imbula, Whelan, Diouf, Walters, Arnautovic
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane
Prediction: Stoke City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur