Stoke vs Tottenham Live Stream and Highlights
Stoke vs Tottenham Preview:
Date: May 12, 2013; Time: 1:30 PM BST;
Venue: Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
The visitors are in need of three points to keep their top-four hopes alive. Andre Villas-Boa’s team fighting with Arsenal and Chelsea for Champions League places, so they need a victory against the Potters, while Stoke has little left to play for. Stoke are search of a top half finish and will fight for pride.
Stoke stands 11th in the EPL table with 41 points from 36 games, having 9 wins, 14 draws and 13 defeats so far this season. Stoke can finish between 9th and 17th spots and with a difference in prize money it is easy to see why these game will still mean something. Their present from has seen L,L,W,W,D from last five games. Last five home matches the Potters have finished with L,D,L,L,W. Stoke Sity drew 1-1 away with Sunderland last weekend. Also Stoke have won 2 of the last 3 games without conceding a goal against QPR and Norwich. Everyone knows that this home side plays direct, uncompromising, and powerful football.
Tottenham goes in 5th in the league table with 66 points from 36 games, winning 19, drawing 9 and losing 8 so far this season. The Spurs are just 1 point behind 4th-placed Arsenal and 3 points behind 3rd-placed Chelsea. Their present form has seen L,W,D,W,D from last five games in all competitions. Last five away from home games the Spurs have finished with L,W,L,D,D. Tottenham drew 2-2 away with Chelsea in midweek. The Spurs have only won 3 of their last 11 games.
Stoke have already secured a place in the Premier League next season. The scene at the Britannia, however, is not as rosy as would be expected. Head coach Tony Pulis could be without Mark Wilson as the defender has got a hamstring injury. Andy Wilkinson and Glenn Whelan are both expected to return.
Tottenham could count on Moussa Dembele, as he is expected to return after an injury. But he still has to pass a late fitness test. Gylfi Sigurdsson could start from the first minutes after an important late equaliser against Chelsea. Emmanuel Adebayor was named the man-of-the-match at Stamford Bridge, so he is expected up-front.
Stoke line-up: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton, Nzonzi, Adam, Whitehead, Walters, Crouch, Jerome.
Last three mathces:
Sunderland 1 – Stoke 1;
Stoke 1 – Norwich City 0;
QPR 0 – Stoke 2.
Tottenham line-up: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Sigurdsson, Adebayor.
Last three matches:
Chelsea FC 2 – Tottenham 2;
Tottenham 1 – Southampton 0;
Wigan Athletic 2 – Tottenham 2.