Oppo Preview: Stoke v Tottenham

How we’ve done so far

It’s been quite some season for Spurs. Regardless of how the title race ends – with it looking like Leicester have clinched it – it’s been our best campaign for some time. Second would be a spectacular achievement for such a young side, a side that finished fifth last year.

Last time out

It seems like that 2-2 draw back at the Lane was years ago. Both sides have progressed significantly, whilst sharing a similar style of football that forces neutral fans to take notice. Spurs appeared to give up after taking a 2-0 lead back in August, and full credit to Stoke for capitalising. It’s certainly never quiet when our sides me

What will be the key battle

I can’t say I’ve watched an awful lot of Stoke this season, but I must admit I’m envious of some of your star players. The signings you’ve managed have been remarkable, and combined with Hughes, you’re building a strong foundation for future seasons. Bojan is a fantastic talent, and will be a handful for our defence – especially Toby Alderweireld. Luckily, Toby has been fantastic this campaign, and in my opinion was overlooked for this year’s PFA nominations.

Predicted starting XI

Lloris, Walker, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Rose, Dembele, Dier, Alli, Eriksen, Lamela, Kane

What will the score be

It’s going to be close, but nothing will stop us as we look to close the gap on Leicester. We seem to be able to beat anyone put in front of us, with last week’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United a fine example. The Britannia has always been a tricky ground to play our style, and last year showed that. The 3-0 defeat is probably the worst we’ve had under Pochettino. However, I still think we can win this one. 2-0 Tottenham.

Written by Sean Cook from @TalkingTHFC

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