When Spurs played Stoke earlier in the season, the underdogs secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Champions League hopefuls. While a similar result cannot be entirely ruled out, given that Spurs are on a run of three consecutive defeats, it is an unlikely scenario.
Spurs, who are in third position in the league, are only a point ahead of local rivals Arsenal. They will go into this game having lost three consecutive games - to the Gunners, Manchester United and Everton. What is worse news for an out-of-form Tottenham and Harry Redknapp is the fact that Arsenal and Chelsea seem to be on a roll and should the results not go their way, they could well slip down to fifth in the league and out of the Champions League positions for next season. The remaining ten games are therefore critical, for an injury-hit London club.
Stoke, on the other hand, will look to this match with quiet confidence. They have already beaten their next league opponents twice this season - in the Carling Cup and the league. The Potters have also improved their away record of late, picking up 14 points on the road. Hwoever, the fact they will have to travel to the Etihad Stadium next, to take on league hopefuls Manchester City, have only won three of their last 10 games.
Tottenham Probable Team: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto; Bale, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Defoe, Adebayor (doubtful)
Stoke (Probable, 4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Shotton, Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington; Crouch, Walters