Title chase: a defining moment

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Spurs are set to travel to Stoke tonight in a game where securing three points is vital if they want any chance of winning the league title.

Both Leicester City and Arsenal dropped points yesterday which means that a win tonight would put immense pressure and hopefully shaken their Premier League title challengers. Comfortably sitting in mid-table, Stoke arguably have nothing to play for but the Britannia Stadium has been daunting for the top clubs this season.

In fact, the other top five teams in the competition have failed to get a win at Stoke meaning that if Spurs could claim all three points tonight then they would not only close the gap on Leicester but also prove a point.

Having faced Stoke right at the start of the season, the Tottenham boys will have almost forgotten what it’s like to play them so it’s absolutely vital that the team heads out tonight with full belief and concentration as they set out to play at one of the league’s most feared grounds.

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Toby and Jan’s partnership will be crucial to negating the impact of Stoke’s attacking talents

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Spurs are set to have a full strength squad apart from Nabil Bentaleb who will not feature following a groin problem. Clinton N’Jie is expected to return to the squad.

For the Potters, Glen Johnson and Jonathan Walters remain out following knee problems while Marko Arnautovic is expected to return to the side tonight.

What the managers say

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Hughes took over at Stoke in 2013

Mauricio Pochettino and Mark Hughes have both said that they are looking forward to tonight’s tie and have both underlined the importance of keeping focused on a good performance tonight.

Hughes said: “We have five games to go and have an opportunity to achieve things. Its Monday night under the lights at the Britannia – we are really looking forward it”. Whilst his opposing boss Mauricio Pochettino stated: “We got 3-0 against United and all week we’ve been preparing for Stoke. We want to win and achieve big things”.

The final word

Seeing as Leicester dropped points yesterday, its absolutely vital that Spurs get a win tonight. Not only this, but a win puts them even further ahead of Arsenal. For the top clubs in the league, Stoke has been an unbelievably hard place to visit so the Spurs lads will need to carry on right from where they the left off last Sunday in their 3-0 thrashing of Manchester United.

Failing to win tonight would put Spurs eight points off Leicester with only four games to go. It’s a must win.

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Written by Matt Boon

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