Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to revive their Premier League title hopes when they host a struggling Stoke City side at Wembley Stadium this evening.
Tottenham’s 3-0 mid-week Champions League win over Apoel Nicosia capped off a brilliant European campaign for them as they finished on top of their group table which featured the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.
Although the Spurs will be pleased with their European achievement, they must now focus their attention a little closer to home where they have been struggling to live up to Premier League expectations this season.
In particular they have struggled at home, winning only 3 of 7 games at their new caretaker stadium – Wembley. In what should have been a comfortable run of home games for them so far, they have dropped points to teams such as Burnley, West Brom, and bottom placed Swansea.
The Spurs will be treating this as a must win game which will be crucial if they are to claw back the 18 point gap between them and league leaders Manchester City.
Their task was made no easier by the fact that opponents Stoke City gave themselves a boost of confidence last week by ending a streak of four games without a win by defeating Swansea City 1-o.
The Potters will need all the confidence they can get though as Tottenham have beat them 4-0 in each of their last 3 meetings against them.
Despite the recent history between them, we think that this will be a closer match than it appears on paper.
In 4 of Stoke City’s away losses this season, they have lost 3 of those by only 1 goal. They will also take further confidence from the fact that Tottenham had to travel to Cyprus for their Champions League encounter only a few days ago.
Tottenham have also struggled at home too frequently this season and 2 of their only 3 wins have been by a 1 goal margin against weaker sides.
They should get the job done with the help of leading goalscorer Harry Kane, but won’t be backing them too win by much.
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