Spurs v Stoke: (match preview)
Venue: Britannia stadium
Date: Monday 18 April 20:00PM
Live coverage: Sky Sports 1 and BBC Radio 5 live
Head2Heads: 2-2, Stoke 3-0, Stoke 2-1, 1-0 Spurs, 3-0 Spurs.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Preview: Tottenham Hotspur will face Stoke city this Monday as Pochettino’s men will look to avenge last seasons three nil thrashing at the Britannia, as they look look to close the gap between themselves and top placed Leicester city. Mauricio Pochettino spoke yesterday of finishing the season in the strongest way possible and our Argentinian manager still strongly believes that we are still very much in the title race with five games remaining, despite the fact that seven points separates us from the foxes. Nevertheless, all that matters to the gaffer and the squad now is Monday nights match and with an almost fully fit side and a high morale with in the squad, many are expecting us to return to north London with the all important three points. The eight placed potters are currently enduring a mini injury crisis with key players Jack Butland, Jonathan Walters, Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson all sidelined through injury. Whilst their left back Erik Pieters is suspended for Monday nights match.
Last Sunday’s magnificent victory over Manchester United at the lane will leave the players in great stead as they look to overcome Mark Hughes’s side who have only won one of their last five matches in the premier league. Furthermore, the potters have little to play for with the exception of pride and the consolidation of their eighth placed standing, these many factors should give all Spurs fans a massive confidence boost ahead of Monday nights massive match. COYS⚽️
Team news: Pochettino confirmed that Clinton Njié is ready to return ahead of our visit to Stoke and the Cameroonian forward may well feature on the bench against Stoke. However, Nabil Bentaleb is our sole absentee for Monday’s match as the Algerian international is ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury. Kyle Walker and Danny Rose are likely to feature at full back having started our last few league encounters with the two England internationals highly impressing down the flanks. Whilst the eleven that started in our victory over Man United last week are expected to start again for Monday nights encounter.
My predicted lineup: (4-2-3-1) Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Lamela, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.
My predicted score: 3-0 to Spurs courtesy of goals from Eriksen, Lamela and Kane.
One to watch: Stoke’s top scorer Marko Arnautović, who has ten goals and six assists in the premier league this season.