Stoke vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Tottenham will be hoping to keep their faint hopes of Champions League qualification alive with success at Stoke City, where they have won on four of their six Premier League visits.

Making sure of a top half finish and achieving a record Premier League points tally are the two remaining targets for the home side, who saw their chances of finishing in a record high position of eighth place all but end in their last game as they lost to Swansea City, finishing with 10 men.

A disappointing second half cost them in South Wales, but Stoke are in good shape to register an impressive league double over Spurs. Eyes will inevitably on Peter Crouch as he takes on his former club, and he is due a goal as he looks to reach double figures for the season and equal the total of teammates Mame Biram Diouf and Jonathan Walters.

It was a tale of frustration as Tottenham lived up to their reputation as nearly men by passing up a host of chances in losing to Manchester City on Sunday. It was a strong display which suggested that their season may not be fading away, but for once Harry Kane could not find the target, leaving them sixth.

Regardless of the result here, a win for Manchester United in the late kick-off at Crystal Palace will ensure that there will be no elite level football at White Hart Lane for the fifth successive season. The Londoners’ away form coming into this is good, however, with only one defeat in five matches on the road.

Peter Odemwingie could make his first start for Stoke since returning from a long-term injury, and Marc Muniesa is back in contention. However, they are without the suspended Marc Wilson and injured duo Victor Moses and Bojan Krkic.

Full-backs Ben Davies and Kyle Walker represent Tottenham’s only absentees, but they could make changes with Paulinho and Mousa Dembele pushing for a recall.

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