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Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur.

With Chelsea all but guaranteed a Champions league place, Spurs could put some pressure on Arsenal with 3 points at The Britannia.

Despite being hard to beat for the first half of the season, with only three defeats in their first twenty-one games (all comps). Drawing twelve of them, kept Stoke in the lower to mid table region of the Prem and struggling for points, but only three wins in 2013, gave real concern that they might get relegated, and but for recent wins over Norwich and QPR, they could still be in serious trouble.

The facts are clear this season, that Stoke have gone from being a team that you had to battle for your lives to get anything, to a team that has lost its bite and organisational qualities and you wonder, now that they look like being safe for another year, taking their feet off the gas, could, or will hopefully cause them problems, against a Tottenham side that mush get three points or possibly kiss good bye to their own season.

You would like to think that Spurs will be right up for this game and a win may well put the pressure back on Arsenal, who face FA Cup winners, Wigan (Yes thats right…) on Tuesday, knowing that they have to win to regain their top four place. You would like to think that gaining a very creditable draw at Stamford Bridge in midweek will be a major boost and be seen as a point gained as opposed to two being lost, however that will count for nothing unless the boys get six points and hope for some mini capitulation from our beloved neighbours.

AVB will hopefully have Mousa Dembele back in contention, but you have to wonder if playing a not quite fit player, is beneficial, and we should consider other options, with perhaps Huddlestone, alongside one of Parker or Holtby, would be sensible, especially when we have worries over Lennon and perhaps Bale, who both seem to be struggling themselves.

After what we hope will have been a defining game for Emmanuel Adebayor at Chelsea, you assume that he will get the start over Defoe, whilst I can see Gylfi Sigurdsson starting on the left in preference to Holtby and Dempsey, should both Bale and Lennon start as expected. Defensively, I would assume that Walker, Dawson and Vertonghen will all start, but I have a feeling that AVB will prefer the right footed Naughton to counter the left footed Charlie Adam at left back. I suppose when we talk about Adam, we hope above all else that he stays well away from a certain Welshman.




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Date:Saturday May 11 2013

Time: 8:15PM

 

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