Spurs’ season took a huge blow on Tuesday following the 4-0 defeat at Real Madrid and criticism was aimed at Peter Crouch’s early sending off and Aaron Lennon’s late withdrawal from the side with a virus.
Harry Redknapp could make some fresh changes to the side in order to rest them for the 2nd leg if they are to attempt a remarkable come-back against Madrid.
But they will be careful not to take their eye off the Premier League as Tottenham are 5 points adrift of 4th place, and many will question whether Spurs will be playing Champions League football next season. The arrival of Stoke could be seen as a potential upset with the Potters winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane last season, especially with Spurs not winning in their last 4 games.
Tony Pulis’ men are not in their best form of the season however, sitting 4th from bottom in the form guide and it has been their away form letting them down with 6 defeats in their last 6 away games. News that defender Danny Higginbotham will be out for the next six months following his cruciate knee ligament injury against Chelsea is a further blow.
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Spurs on the other hand could give starts to the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko or Jermain Defoe up front, although Crouch’s dismissal against Madrid will mean he’s banned from European action and may start on Saturday.
News on Aaron Lennon’s virus is sketchy but he could feature in this game, whilst Steven Pienaar is still doubtful with groin trouble.
Tottenham’s season may have caught up with them of late and the injury jinx hasn’t helped, but the defeat at Madrid will probably inspire the Spurs side into turning over Stoke at the Lane on Saturday and keeping their faint hopes of finishing 4th again come the end of the season alive.
Match Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Stoke City
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