Stoke perspective: Matt Meir, Potters-Online.co.uk
Only Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson look likely to miss this weekend’s game through injury. Neither player has featured much over the last month or so, and it’s possible neither will be risked going into the summer holiday. Matthew Etherington has also been struggling for fitness of late, playing a substitute role last time out, whilst left back Marc Wilson was replaced by Geoff Cameron at half time as he too struggles to come back from injury.
The Potters have gone three games unbeaten, earning seven points. It should have been nine, but for some woeful tactical decisions last time out against Sunderland. Still, promising attacking intent was shown in the early stages of that game. The run of form has come at a critical time; the previous 13 games saw us slip perilously close to the relegation zone but we have now reached the often heralded 40-point mark – though an extra couple of points (or six!) will make the end-of-season table reading much more comfortable.
The last two games between these sides were played at White Hart Lane, and both were drawn (0-0 this season, 1-1 last season). Last time out at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke ran out 2-1 winners. It’s been pretty close over the past ten meetings between the two – each team has won four encounters, with two games being drawn.
Kenwyne Jones to score at 3.60. I fancy the big striker to finish the season strongly, starting here.
Both teams to score at 1.83. Spurs tend to produce games with plenty of goals.
Stoke to win at 4.25. I think we'll sign off at the Britannia with a hard-fought win.
Score prediction: Stoke 2-1 Tottenham (15.00)
Spurs perspective: Matt Harris, Tottenham Blog
There are no reports of fresh injuries ahead of Sunday’s game so Andre Villas-Boas could field the same side that performed well in taking a point away from Stamford Bridge in midweek. However, Gylfi Sigurdsson did well off the bench, so AVB may look to include the Icelander from the start this time.
There’s an air of despondency amongst some supporters as Champions League football starts to slip away but in reality, our form is very respectable. Since an admittedly poor home defeat at the hands of Fulham, Tottenham are unbeaten in six league games – it’s just that the results achieved by Chelsea and Arsenal have been better. Spurs have also beaten Manchester City and drawn with Chelsea in that time so there’s no reason why confidence shouldn’t be high.
Like many teams, Spurs have found the Britannia to be a tough ground at which to get a result and last year’s corresponding fixture ended in a 2-1 home victory. However, in four games since Stoke returned to the top flight, Tottenham have won two and it might be worth bearing in mind that a 2-1 scoreline has come in every time – two in favour of Spurs and two for Tony Pulis’ side.
Gareth Bale to score at 2.20. It’s an obvious bet but after scoring 20 Premiership goals this season it’s one worth taking.
Both teams to score at 1.83. Usually safe when Spurs play and it would have come in five times in our last six league matches.
Under 2.5 goals at 1.75. A low-scoring affair looks to be in prospect this time out.
Score prediction: Stoke 1-1 Spurs (6.50)