Sherwood notched up his first win against Southampton earlier in the month but would have been hoping for three points against The Baggies. That said, Stoke were pummeled 5-1 by Newcastle on Thursday and will go into the match without Marc Wilson and Glenn Whelan who got red cards at St James’s Park.
While playing Stoke at home presents an opportunity to get back to winning ways, goals have been an issue this season. Roberto Soldado is yet to show his class this season and the sheer number of options in the midfield means that consistency has been an issue. However Sherwood is keen to instill an attack brand of football and with the return of Emmanuel Adebayor there is now another option up front.
Stoke have conceded 15 goals in their previous five away league games, and have won just five points away from home in the Premier League this season; a joint league low along with Hull.
FFC Predicts: Spurs 3-0 Stoke City
Stoke’s away record is poor and Spurs look like they are about to come into a rich vein of form, but Sherwood needs to find his best starting 11. Spurs’s depth of squad will serve them well over the Christmas period, so an easy win is on the cards for Tottenham.
Tottenham have only lost two of their 38 previous home league meetings with Stoke City (W28 D8).
The Potters have only failed to score in two of their 10 previous Barclays Premier League meetings with Spurs.
Stoke have played 29 Premier League games in London and have scored more than once in only two of them (17 goals in total).
This game will take place exactly six years after the Tottenham 6-4 Reading game, one of only six Premier League games to see 10+ goals (before Dec 21st).
Stoke have won just five points away from home in the Premier League this season; a joint league low along with Hull (W1 D2 L6).
Stoke have conceded 15 goals in their last five Premier League away matches.
Spurs have conceded a goal in each of their last eight Premier League matches – no side is currently on a longer run than this.
After receiving just one red card in their previous 35 Premier League games, Stoke were given two red cards in their last match against Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Tim Sherwood has won four points from his first two Premier League games in charge of Spurs (W1 D1) – two more than Andre Villas-Boas managed in his first three PL games in charge of the Lilywhites (D2 L1).
At White Hart Lane, Tottenham have only managed to score more than one goal in two of their last 11 games in the Premier League.