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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Stoke City v Spurs, 18.04.16

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Full League Record v Stoke City Premier Pl W D L F - A Pts Home 8 3 3 2 13 - 9 12 Away 7 4 0 3 9 -10 12 ======================================== Total (Prem) 15 7 3 5 22 -19 24 ======================================== Football Lge Home (Div One) 26 20 5 1 56 -19 49 Away (Div One) 26 7 8 11 26 -34 24 ======================================== Total(Div 1) 52 27 13 12 82 -53 73 ======================================== Football Lge Home(Div Two) 7 6 1 0 18 - 7 13 Away(div Two) 7 2 1 4 9 -11 5 ======================================== Total(Div 2) 14 8 2 4 27 -18 18 ======================================== Total (Prem) 15 7 3 5 22 -19 24 Total (Div1) 52 27 13 12 82 -53 73 Total (Div2) 14 8 2 4 27 -18 18 ======================================== Grand Total 81 42 18 21 131 -90 115 ======================================== Last Six Premier League results:- Stoke - WDLWDL Stoke 1-0 Newcastle Chelsea 1-1 Stoke Stoke 1-2 S'hampton Watford 1-2 Stoke Stoke 2-2 Swansea Liverpool 4-1 Stoke Spurs - LDWWDW West Ham 1-0 Spurs Spurs 2-2 Arsenal A. Villa 0-2 Spurs Spurs 3-0 B'mouth Liverpool 1-1 Spurs Spurs 3-0 Man Utd Pos P W D L F-A GD Pts 2. Spurs 33 18 11 4 60-25 35 65 9. Stoke 33 13 8 12 37-43 -6 47

When Monday comes

You might remember that film of 20 years ago entitled "When Saturday Comes", starring Sheffield United fan Sean Bean - a former "Game of Thrones" star. Well, for the next three weeks, in the case of Spurs we have to wait for Monday to come around for our football fix. Next season, there will even be some Premier League games brought forward to a Friday night. Let's hope that does not affect Spurs, who will surely be playing European football next season.

We all want it to be Champions League football for Spurs, of course, and whilst results today (Sunday) might not have gone quite as well as we hoped in an ideal world, Leicester's loss of two points at home to West Ham, and Arsenal's home draw against Palace certainly did us no harm. It means that a title charge is still on the cards, and it also means that a top three place is an even better possibility. Finishing at least in the top three is what we all want to guarantee Champions League Group stage football next season, and the dream of pipping Leicester is still on.

How I would love to shut up those happy clappers at The King Power Stadium, and make those early purchases of "Champions" scarves a major embarrassment!

We all know it is not going to be easy at Stoke though. All eyes will be on us tomorrow night.

We've only previously featured once this season on Sky's "Monday Night Football". That was back in early November, when Gary Neville was still Sky's lead pundit for that format. Since then he's been to Valencia for some (unsuccessful) managerial experience, and currently he will be focussing upon his coaching role with Roy Hodgson's England.

The game we played was our 3-1 home victory over Aston Villa. Sherwood had gone; Remi Garde had been announced; but Kevin MacDonald took charge for a game in which Dembele scored early, Alli scored as half-time loomed, and Harry Kane scored in added time at the end of the game. Villa have since got shot of Garde, and their relegation was confirmed this week-end.

Spurs have played one other game this season on a Monday, but that was part of the Christmas schedule when we beat Watford away with that lovely Son Heung-min late flicked goal securing a 2-1 win.

Now we travel to The Britannia Stadium, where Spurs have a better winning record than any other visiting side. Last year's game was not an example of such a result, as we were roundly beaten 3-0. However, the records show that we have won 4 of our 7 away Premier League games there.

Stoke only made it to the Premier League in 2008, and our first visit in October that year was not auspicious, as we lost 2-1. Our next two league visits were more fruitful however, as we won both games 2-1. In March 2010, loanee Eidur Gudjohnsen scored his one and only Premier League goal for Spurs, and Niko Kranjcar secured the points after former Spur Matthew Etherington had happily put away a penalty. Incidentally that penalty was put past Watford's hero this week-end, Heurelho Gomes, who saved two penalties, as he did for Spurs at Sunderland in April 2010.

In August 2010, Gareth Bale scored both our goals in our second win at The Britannia. Before that defeat last year, we had won our previous two league visits - 2-1 in May 2013 and 1-0 in April 2014. We have to remember that we have had our bad days at this stadium, including referee Chris Foy (not Hoy) in December 2011.

Speaking of referees, the man originally appointed for this game was Kevin Friend. Due to his association with Leicestershire FA, and a social media outcry, Mr Friend was replaced by Neil Swarbrick. It's a bit of a shame really, because of the current batch of referees that we see, Kevin Friend is the most highly rated amongst Spurs Odyssey voters, with an average of 6.3 over 14 games in the last five years. He has refereed two Spurs games this season both away to Southampton, and Norwich, both of which we won, without issues with the referee. The pro-Leicester conspiracy theories gave me no cause for concern.

Neil Swarbrick's one game in charge of us was the 3-0 home win against Bournemouth, just four weeks ago.

Mark Hughes' Stoke are still chasing a place in Europe, and will surely battle hard for the points tomorrow. The "Potters" sit in ninth place at the moment, which is where they have finished in the last two seasons. Hughes would love to improve on that "highest Premier League position ever" stat for Stoke on his CV.

Stoke have been somewhat mercurial this season. The only league games they won at home this calendar year have been against relegation candidates Norwich, Villa and Newcastle. They lost 4-1 last week at Anfield, currently enjoying a Klopp resurgence. Stoke have scored in every one of their last eight games, with Arnautovic, Afellay and Bojan all amongst the goals.

Mark Hughes' side has plenty of talent going forward. Such is the talent at their disposal that former Spur Peter Crouch rarely gets a start, and Charlie Adam hasn't played since late January. Their injured list includes goalkeeper Jack Butland, unfortunately injured on England duty, and out for three months. Glenn Johnson and Marc Wilson are also absentees from the defence, where Stoke may be vulnerable.

We all know what Spurs need to do to keep themselves in with a chance of that elusive title win. Injuries do not seem to be a concern. Harry Kane did suffer a knock last week against Man Utd, but has trained all week, and will play tomorrow. Even Clinton N'Jie is nearing match fitness, but those who start tomorrow are likely to be unchanged from last Sunday's 3-0 win at home.

We have to believe. I have to believe, and that means I am predicting a Spurs win. I'd be as happy with the 8 point lead over Man City and Arsenal, as the closing of the gap behind Leicester to five points!


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