Tottenham v Stoke Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 07, 2017
Wembley Stadium - Premier League
Tottenham host Stoke this weekend, looking to end a run of three games without a win in the Premier League. Following an easy win in the Champions League on Tuesday, confidence will be high in North London, and the Potters will have their work cut out keeping Spurs at bay.
Recent encounters between Tottenham and Stoke doesn't make for pretty reading for Potters fans, having lost 4-0 in their last three successive matches. The most recent, back in February, saw the goals shared evenly between Harry Kane and Dele Alli, both of whom had also scored in the reverse fixture in Staffordshire.
Mark Hughes may prefer to look back to the 2014-15 season, when Stoke did the double over Tottenham, including a 3-0 victory at home.
Tottenham have two long-term absentees in Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld, the former due back in the new year, and the latter out for an undetermined amount of time due to a complicated muscle tear. Fortunately for Mauricio Pochetttino, he has a wealth of central midfield talent to draw from, with the emergence of Harry Winks adding to the likes of Moussa Dembele, Eric Dier and Moussa Sissoko. New signing Davinson Sanchez has filled the gap at centre-back, with 19-year-old Juan Foyth the only other fit central defender.
Stoke have been without Stephen Ireland since May due to a bad leg break, with the midfielder not expected to return for quite a while. More pressing for Mark Hughes is Bruno Martins Indi's injury, sustained against Swansea last weekend, which puts him out of contention against Spurs. Kevin Wimmer came on in his place against the Swans, and will hope to get the start against his former team on Saturday.
Tottenham v Stoke Preview and Predictions
Stoke have been Tottenham's favourite victims over the past two years, during the most successful spell for the club in the Premier League era. Their Champions League campaign has been nothing short of outstanding this year, including a classy 3-1 win over Real Madrid, however, their league form has suffered with Spurs sitting in 6th place, closer to the relegation zone than leaders Man City.
Over the past five games, Pochettino's men have picked up the same results as their opponents this weekend: a win, two draws and two losses. Picking up one in three available points over this period is far from the level that Spurs want to be at, and key players such a Dele Alli and Christian Erikssen have underperformed, with just six goals and five assists between them in the league. Against Stoke, Tottenham will need their players to rediscover their form, to avoid relying too heavily on Harry Kane who is 11/5 as first goalscorer this weekend.
For Stoke, their recent results are not ideal, but far from panic stations. Although their loss to Crystal Palace would have been disappointing, they did well to come from behind against Swansea this weekend, thanks to a goal from in-form Xherdan Shaqiri, who is 9/2 to score against Spurs.
Despite strong showings from captain Ryan Shawcross and the on-loan Kurt Zouma, Stoke have struggled with a leaky defence, and have conceded 30 goals this season, topped only by West Ham. With his first choice forward Eric Maxim Choupa-Moting hardly prolific, with only three strikes to his name, Hughes will have to shore up his defence to stand any chance of overcoming Tottenham, with the Potters already considered 11/1 underdogs.
Over 3.5 goals scored at 5/4
Neither side has kept a clean sheet in their last four fixtures and Spurs have made a habit out of putting 4 past Stoke.
Harry Kane to score a hat-trick at 11/1
The English forward has six goals from his last three matches against Stoke, if anyones going to do it, it'll be Kane.