Pre-match: Spurs Must Return To Battling Best To See Victory At Stoke

Last time out, Tottenham earned a valuable point against a tough opponent in Liverpool. It wasn’t the best game ever, but a draw is by no means a bad result.

They are still yet to dust off the cobwebs from the summer break but this weekend may be the time to do it, and where better than the location of their last memorable performance?

If Tottenham are to pick up a win this weekend, they will be five points better off than this time last season.

Match Overview

Tottenham return from the international break with a trip to the Bet 365 Stadium (formerly the Britannia Stadium), where their previous visit there was a classy 4-0 victory, coming from a brace each for Harry Kane and Dele Alli.

After this result, Tottenham fell apart as we all know. The 4-0 win was an amazing performance, and their last amazing performance to date, competitively.

Kane’s wondergoal in last year’s fixture

Team News

Mousa Dembélé is still out with a ban but will be back for the midweek Champions League tie with Monaco.

Danny Rose suffered an injury during the international break while Lloris has passed fit.

Lamela may not start because he comes back from international duty later than the rest of the squad. Moussa Sissoko is expected to make his full debut folloing his £30m deadline day move from Newcastle.

Tottenham expected line-up: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Wanyama, Sissoko, Alli, Eriksen, Kane.

Kane celebrates his brace with Jan Vertonghen

Glen Johnson is back in training but is still unlikely to start while Swiss star Xherdan Shaqiri is set to miss out again as he suffers from a calf problem he picked up on the opening day, against Middlesbrough.

Absentee Jack Butland is still unavailable for another few months as he looks to recover from an ankle injury.

Stoke expected line-up: Given, Bardsley, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Allen, Imbula, Arnautovic, Bojan, Afellay, Bony

Managers’ Words

Mauricio Pochettino

“Hugo is good, the last two weeks he has trained very well. He is ready and available for Saturday.”

“He [Danny Rose] feels very disappointed to get an injury with the national team,” Pochettino said. “I hope it’s not a big problem and we hope he recovers as soon as possible. He’s out for Stoke, and maybe Monaco too.”

“The most important game is Saturday against Stoke. We don’t change because Wednesday is another important game. The Stoke game is the most important.”

Watch Pochettino’s full interview here

Mark Hughes

“We’ll look at the situation this weekend, we have to bear in mind that some of the guys haven’t had as much game time as others, so we’ll factor that in.

“They know what they can offer and we know what they can offer to us and players of their standard should be playing.

“That’s certainly the case with Wilfried and Bruno because they want to play and they’re top, quality players in their own right.

“We’ll give them an opportunity, if they stay fit and are playing well then they will have more chances here.”

Final Word

Stoke are routed to the bottom of the table and while Spurs still haven’t quite got going, I fully expect them to this weekend with a 3-1 win.

I’m predicting Kane to get a goal and for Vincent Janssen to get two.

Hopefully, this is the weekend that Tottenham come back to their best after a lengthy spell away.

Written by Ben Mathias

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