Stoke v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
April 03, 2018
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Stoke are in desperate need of points, but face a rampant Tottenham side on Saturday in this weekend's Premier League action. Spurs emerged victorious in their last game against Chelsea, and will be riding high, in contrast to the Potter's 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Stoke fans will be able to find little solace in the reverse fixture, which Tottenham won 5-1 back in December. A Ryan Shawcross own-goal got the Potter's off to the worst start possible, with goals from Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen on either side of a Harry Kane brace.
Paul Lambert will be without Charlie Adam again on Saturday, the Scottish midfielder having received a red card against Everton the week before last. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is also likely to miss the game, having struggled with a groin strain for the last few weeks.
Harry Winks will likely miss out for Tottenham, having suffered an ankle injury during the international break, although Toby Alderweireld may feature in a bid to return to full fitness before the World Cup.
Stoke v Tottenham Preview and Predictions
Three points clear of safety, Paul Lambert will know that Saturday's game is not one that is likely to affect his side's fortunes come the end of the season. However, football is very much a game of confidence and momentum, and another 5-1 drubbing could see the Potters' heads drop before the more winnable game against West Ham.
Confidence is something that Tottenham will have in abundance at the moment, having opened up an eight point game over Chelsea in the fight for European football. Spurs' impressive 3-1 away win, their first at Stamford Bridge in 28 years, and the return of Harry Kane are all bad signs for Stoke, who have struggled defensively against lesser sides.
Stoke's hopes are very much pinned on Xherdan Shaqiri at the moment, with the diminutive Swiss midfielder pushed into the number 10 position to maximise his influence. However, despite being both the side's top scorer and joint top assist provider, Shaqiri has gone four games without a goal, and is unlikely to get much space between a combative Spurs midfield.
Lambert may well see this game as damage control from the offset, with Stoke's dire goal-difference likely to cause problems even if his side gain enough points to make it relevant.
Dele Ali to score first at 9/2
The English midfielder got a rest over the international break and certainly looked up for it against Chelsea, scoring two goals.
Over 3.5 goals scored at 7/4
Stoke have conceded the most goals in the league, and Spurs will be flying high on confidence.