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Spurs Odyssey Preview - Stoke v Spurs, 26.04.14

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Full League Record v Stoke City

Premier       Pl  W   D   L   F - A  Pts
Home           6  3   2   1  10 - 5  11
Away           5  3   0   2   8 - 7   9
Total (Prem)  11  6   2   3  18 -12  20
Football Lge
Home (Div One) 26 20  5   1  56 -19  49
Away (Div One) 26  7  8  11  26 -34  24
Total(Div 1)   52 27 13  12  82 -53  73
Football Lge
Home(Div Two)   7  6  1   0  18 - 7  13
Away(div Two)   7  2  1   4   9 -11   5   
Total(Div 2)   14  8  2   4  27 -18  18
Total (Prem)  11  6   2   3  18 -12  20
Total (Div1)  52 27  13  12  82 -53  73
Total (Div2)  14  8   2   4  27 -18  18
Grand Total   77 41  17  19 127 -83  111   

Last Six Premier League results:-

Stoke    -  WWWLWD

Stoke      3-1   West Ham
A. Villa   1-4   Stoke
Stoke      1-0   Hull
Chelsea    3-0   Stoke
Stoke      1-0   Newcastle
Cardiff    1-1   Stoke

Spurs    -  LWLWDW

Spurs      0-1   Arsenal
Spurs      3-2   Southampton
Liverpool  4-0   Spurs
Spurs      5-1   Sunderland
West Brom  3-3   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Fulham

Pos          P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 6. Spurs   35 19  6 10  51-49   2   63
10. Stoke   35 11 11 13  39-49 -10   44

Can Spurs rule the Britannia?

Like it or not, realistically, Spurs' remaining objective for the season is to hold onto sixth place, which, because of Man City winning the League Cup, and more or less certain to finish in the top four, does mean a place in next season's Europa League.

Going into the week-end's games, Spurs are six points ahead of Manchester United, now with Ryan Giggs in temporary charge for their last four games. United have a game in hand and a far superior goal difference to us. Three of their last four games are at home against Norwich, Sunderland and Hull. Their last game is at Southampton, who are already in no-man's land. All four of United's games are winnable, despite their record this season. Their toughest games will be against relegation strugglers Norwich and Sunderland, who are both full of hope at this time.

It's a bit complicated, but with Arsenal playing Hull in the FA Cup Final, there are circumstances in which the seventh placed side could reach Europe. With thanaks to correspondent Keith Zahra, the situation is this:-

"If Hull win the FA Cup (as I do strongly hope) they will simply take the 3rd Europa League spot, no further issues.

The only way I could see 7th place become available would be: Hull losing the final (Can't bring myself to write it the other way round). Everton then finishing fourth. The Arse finishing fifth (or further down...yeah right).

If the Arse finish fourth, I understand Hull still would take an EL place as losing finalists."

For the moment, Spurs simply have to aim to keep winning games. we too, have "winnable" games, but as we know, such games for Spurs are all too easily losable too!

Stoke is not an easy place to go to, and for them, to finish in their highest ever Premier League place (tenth of higher) would be a great achievement, and for manager Mark Hughes a great filip. When Hughes took over from Tony Pulis last summer, Stoke fans hoped for a better grade of football, and from the outset, it was widely reported that they identified such an imporvement.

There was a spell in October and November when bad results led to a slide to 17th place in the league, but the "Potters" go into this game in tenth place, with realistic aspirations to overhaul slumbering Newcastle, and go even higher. Stoke will fancy their chances tomorrow.

Stoke's recent 4-1 thrashing of Aston Villa was their first away league win since August, and they've won 5, drawn 2 and lost only 1 of their last 8 games. That defeat came at Stamford Bridge. Odemwingie has found a happy home after last year's farce when he thought he was leaving West Brom. He's scored four goals since signing from Cardiff in January. Arnautovic continues to be quite a threat from the wing, and former Spur Peter Crouch will be pleased if he can add to his 8 League goals for the season.

Then, of course, there is Charlie Adam, the bane of fans of many teams, whose players seem to be so often the victim of Adam's tackles. He'll be there of course, as will former Man City man Stephen Ireland, who has been re-juvenated by Hughes, and has recently signed a new three year contract with Stoke.

Our home game against Stoke this season was the second of nine games under Tim Sherwood's leadership in which we have scored three goals or more. It was a convincing 3-0 win, and the first time home fans saw us score three goals in a league game this season. We've done that in our last three home games, and in four of our last five games. Apart from that horrible defeat at Anfield, our form has generally picked up in recent games, although with Tim's open and attacking desire, the defence also ships too many goals, and has been making too many mistakes.

We'll need to be tighter tomorrow, and I think a variation on the 4-4-2 will be required. We played this game late last season (Stoke 1 Spurs 2 - 12.05.13) and won 2-1 with goals from Clint Dempsey and Adebayor.

Can Spurs rule at The Britannia Stadium? Well, it hasn't always been a happy hunting ground, but we have won three and lost two of the five away games in the Premier League. Will Sandro get a game tomorrow? Who can say. I'd certainly prefer the experience of Chiriches at the back to Fryers. According to Physio Room, both Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen could be fit for this one. Tim might feel otherwise, of course.

Aaron Lennon was one of our scorers in the home game, and it was his only goal this season. I'd certainly like him to score again, and continue that record of not losing when he scores for Spurs. I've got a feeling we may have to settle for a draw tomorrow, but as always, I'm hoping for better and will go for a 2-1 scoreline in our favour.

Tomorrow's match referee will be Mr. Andre Marriner, whose only game in charge of us this season was against Man City at White Hart Lane. His Spurs Odyssey post-match assessmentts for his last three games have been 4.5, 2.4 and 2.8. he does not have a good average!

15 years ago this week - On April 24th, 1999, Bill Nicholson Way was officially named - unfortunately, the match result was not so good.

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