Stoke will have to try and stop.

An impressive four wins in five for Spurs has put third place firmly within their sights and they won’t want to lose their grip on such a lofty perch in the Premier League.

The league is extremely tight at the moment though and if Stoke managed to secure a shock victory over this weekend’s opponents they would only move two points behind the Lilywhites.

Stoke will not be intimidated coming to the Capital and after improving their away performances this season, they will be brimming with confidence that they can pick something up.

They have only lost 3 times in 17 this term and have not suffered a defeat since November and have gained a resilience to losses. They do need to start scoring more goals though with the Potters only managing to achieve 15 so far.

Gareth Bale has recovered from a hamstring problem and should be back and ready for this fixture. Scott Parker continues his comeback from his long term Achilles problem. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) is 50/50. Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) is also due to face a fitness test. Michael Dawson is back after three games away which will be a massive boost.

Charlie Adam looks unlikely to feature having been granted compassionate leaving following the death of his father.  Pulis is not expected to make a lot of changes to his team with the Potters boss liking to stick to what he knows. Ryan Shotton is available again after serving a one-match ban, but looks set to start from the bench. Michael Owen is continuing his comeback too and should be available for selection for the Christmas programme.

Spurs have used more players than any other side in the Premier League this season (27) but will be hoping for stability and 3 points this weekend.

Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Stoke

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