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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
05:02 27th December 2013

Spurs Match Preview

THE POTTERS travel to London this weekend for the final match of 2013, and desperate to erase memories of the controversial Boxing Day defeat against Newcastle United.

That disappointment aside, Mark Hughes' side have been in fine form recently, losing just two of their last nine Premier League matches.

The Welshman will know that his side have to be on top of their game however, if they are to build upon that against Champions League chasing Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.


TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR:

Nickname: Spurs
Formed: 1882
Stadium: White Hart Lane
Manager/Head Coach: Tim Sherwood

Highest Transfer Fee Paid: £26.4 million, August 2013- Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 
Highest Transfer Fee Received: £85 million, September 2013- Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

Record Goal Scorer: Jimmy Greaves (266 goals)
Record Appearance Holder: Steve Perryman (854 games between 1969 and 1986)


LAST SIX PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES // TOTTENHAM:

Won: 3, Drew: 2, Lost: 1

Dec 13: Spurs 1-1 WBA
Dec 13: Southampton 2-3 Spurs
Dec 13: Spurs 0-5 Liverpool
Dec 13: Sunderland 1-2 Spurs
Dec 13: Fulham 1-2 Spurs
Dec 13: Spurs 2-2 Man United


LAST SIX PREMIER LEAGUE GAMES // STOKE:

Won: 2, Drew: 2, Lost: 2

Dec 13: Newcastle 5-1 Stoke
Dec 13: Stoke 2-1 Aston Villa
Dec 13: Hull 0-0 Stoke
Dec 13: Stoke 3-2 Chelsea
Dec 13: Stoke 0-0 Cardiff
Nov 13: Everton 4-0 Stoke


HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Sunday’s game will be the 85th meeting between the two sides. Overall, it is Tottenham who have the upper hand over the Potters when it comes to victories. Spurs have encountered 41 wins in all competitions, whilst Stoke have massed 23 victories in total.

The first ever game came in an FA Cup tie back in February 1896, with the Potters coming out on top with a 5-0 victory at the Victoria Ground.

Following promotion back to the Premier League, Stoke claimed their first victory over Spurs for 17-years at the Britannia Stadium in 2008. 

Goals by Danny Higginbotham and Rory Delap secured a 2-1 home win, with Spurs ending the game with 9-men after Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson saw red.

Stoke last won at White Hart Lane in 2009 when Glenn Whelan was on the score sheet during an impressive 1-0 victory. It was the first time the Potters had bagged a win at Tottenham for 35-years.

PLAYED: 84
SPURS WINS: 41
DRAWS: 20
STOKE WINS: 23


LAST SIX PREMIER LEAGUE MEETINGS:

May 13: Stoke 1-2 Spurs
Dec 12: Spurs 0-0 Stoke
Mar 12: Spurs 1-1 Stoke
Dec 11: Stoke 2-1 Spurs
Apr 11: Spurs 3-2 Stoke
Aug 10: Stoke 1-2 Spurs


MORE STATS:

Despite being sacked, Andre Villas-Boas had a win percentage of 53.7% in his 18-months in charge - the highest win percentage of any Tottenham manager since 1899.

Tottenham are one point better off now than they were at this stage last season. After 18 league games they currently sit on 31 points, last season after 18 games, Spurs had conjured up 30 points.

Former Spurs defender, Ledley King, hold the record for the fastest ever Premier League goal when he scored after 9.7 seconds against Bradford City in 2000.

Spurs also hold the joint record for most goals scored in a game after beating Wigan 9-1 in the 2009/10 season.

Spurs were the first team to concede 1,000 goals in the Premier League, since it was formed in 1992.

Since promotion to the Premier League in 2008, the Potters have accumulated an average of 22.5 points after 18 league games.

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