Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
Sunday 26th February 2017
White Hart Lane
Kick Off 1.30pm
STOKE CITY return from their recent warm weather training camp in Dubai well refreshed and raring to go against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Potters arrived back in the UK on Wednesday and will be eager to maintain their recent run of form when they travel to North London.
Live in front of the television cameras, City will be aiming to record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since December following their victory over Crystal Palace last time out.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have had a busy run of fixtures since Stoke last played earlier this month.
Spurs’ Europa League defeat to Gent was soon followed by a convincing win at Fulham in the Emirates FA Cup. The Londoners are preparing for their second leg clash with Gent at Wembley this evening before welcoming Mark Hughes’ side to White Hart Lane in three days’ time.
Mark Hughes will deliver his Stoke City team news for this game at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.
LAST VISITTottenham Hotspur – 2 (Dier, Chadli)
Stoke City – 2 (Arnautovic, Diouf)
Both sides shared their first points of the 2015/16 season as Stoke came from behind to earn a draw at White Hart Lane.
The encounter was just the second game of the campaign after both teams fell to opening days defeats to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.
Spurs looked well on course for three points after going 2-0 up before half-time following goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli.
However, it was the inspiring introduction of both Stephen Ireland and Joselu just before the hour mark that sprung the Potters’ into life in North London.
The Irishman’s floating cross was met by Mame Diouf, whose glancing header on 83 minutes got City back on level terms following Marko Arnautovic’s penalty just five minutes before after Joselu was fouled in the box.
STOKE CITY: Butland; Johnson, Cameron, Muniesa, Pieters; Van Ginkel (Ireland 59), Whelan; Walters (Joselu 59’), Afellay, Arnautovic (Adam 90+1'); Diouf. SUBS NOT USED: Given; Sidwell, Crouch, Wollscheid.
Tottenham Hotspur – 0
Stoke City – 1 (Whelan)
Glenn Whelan struck late to earn Stoke a memorable victory over Spurs, although the hosts would have ruefully looked back at missed chances after dominating much of the game.
The Republic of Ireland international replaced Rory Delap just before the hour mark before firing in a beautiful effort beyond Heurelho Gomes from the edge of the area following good play from Ricardo Fuller.
City were thankful for the heroics of goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, who was promoted to the starting line-up after Thomas Sorensen was taken ill during the warm-up.
Current Potter Peter Crouch was amongst the Tottenham side that was defeated on the day, with the striker seeing a header acrobatically cleared off the line by James Beattie.
Many who will remember the day will see the result as a ‘smash and grab’, but Whelan’s first goal of the season ensured the Potters recorded their first win at White Hart Lane in over 30 years.
STOKE CITY: Simonsen; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Faye, Collins, Delap (Whelan 57’); Etherington, Diao, Whitehead, Fuller (Higginbotham 89’); Beattie (Sanli 70’). SUBS NOT USED: Cort, Lawrence, Pugh, Kitson.
Peter Crouch enjoyed two spells at White Hart Lane before making the move to the Potteries five years ago.
Wilson Palacios also followed suit on the same day whilst others that have played for both clubs include Matthew Etherington, Jonathan Woodgate, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Stephen Kelly, Garth Crooks, Gerry McMahon, Jimmy Robertson and Ian Moores.
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Live audio commentary from Nigel Johnson and Matt Sandoz will be broadcast on Stoke City Player
An interactive blog will also be available at stokecityfc.com along with updates on Twitter