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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           6  4   0   2   9 - 7  12
Total (Prem)  12  7   2   3  19 -12  23
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)  12  7   2   3  19 -12  23
Total (Div1)  52 27  13  12  82 -53  73
Total (Div2)  14  8   2   4  27 -18  18
Grand Total   78 42  17  19 128 -83  114   

Last Six Premier League results:-

Spurs     -   LDWLLW

Spurs      0-1   West Brom
Arsenal    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   S'hampton
Man City   4-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-2   Newcastle
A. Villa   1-2   Spurs

Stoke    -    DWLWLD

QPR        2-2   Stoke
Stoke      1-0   Newcastle
S'derland  3-1   Stoke
Stoke      2-1   Swansea
S'hampton  1-0   Stoke
Stoke      2-2   West Ham

Pos         P  W  D  L   F-A   GD  Pts
 8. Spurs  10  4  2  4  13-14  -1   14
13. Stoke  10  3  3  4  10-12  -2   12

Hughes next?

So, who's next for Spurs in their 11th Premier League match of the season? Why it's none other than Mark Hughes with the Stoke team we all love so much! It hasn't mattered in recent years whether it is Hughes or Pulis in charge. What you get when Stoke come to town, or host our team is a very hard game -in all senses of the word!

Mauricio Pochettino and his flair players will look with trepidation at the Stoke line-up, with Charlie Adam bound to attract boos from the Spurs crowd, with his previous history of crunching tackles (fair and foul) which have in the past caused injury to our best players. It's never intentional though, is it?

The Stoke crowd will be targeting Danny Rose for their anger, which stems from the fact he a) scored our winning goal at The Britannia Stadium in April (Stoke 0 Spurs 1 - 26/04/14), b) got their captain Ryan Shawcross sent off for a second yellow, when poor Danny had the audacity to be fouled, and c) finally, only getting a yellow card for shoving Geoff Cameron.

Thus, there will be agendas on and off the pitch tomorrow.

Our last home game against Stoke was one of Spurs' better performances of the season, and only the fourth game in charge for Tim Sherwood. Spurs won 3-0 with goals from Soldado (pen), Dembele and Lennon. Not only was that the last time Aaron Lennon scored a goal, it was also the last game in which Mousa Dembele scored for Spurs.

Not that he has ever scored many goals for us, Lennon's goal was his only league goal of the season, and his worst return for Spurs in his 9 seasons.

Spurs scored a league double over "The Potters", and it was our biggest win against them for 30 years, since a 4-0 in October 1984 when Clive Allen got two, John Chiedozie scored one of only two goals in our colours, and Graham Roberts scored from the penalty sgpot. Stoke were relegated at the end of the 84-85 season, with only three wins to their name, whilst Spurs finished third.

The gap between our teams is minimal at this time. Spurs are only two points and five places ahead of Hughes' team as we go into this week-end. Bearing in mind our home record so far this season, and the inconsistent form we have been displaying in recent games, Stoke will arrive at The Lane feeling absolutely certain they can take at least a point away, or even more.

Whilst Lennon did not travel to Tripoli, I suspect he is not in line for a start tomorrow. He did get a knock in the recent Capital One Cup game against Brighton. B oth he and Adebayor are actually listed on the Physio Room site as having hamstring injuries, but said to be fit for tomorrow. I expect Adebayor to start, but Lennon hasn't started a league game since the opening day of the season.

Former Spur Peter Crouch is available, after being sent off for twwo yellow cards in Stoke's recent 3-2 home defeat by Southampton in the League Cup. Crouch was a substitute and only on the field for 15 minutes!

Stoke surprised everybody earlier in the season with that 1-0 win over Manchester City, but that has been their only away league win so far. They did beat Sunderland away in the capital One Cup, but lost at The Stadium of Light 11 days later in the Premier League.

26 year old Senegalese striker Mame Diouf was signed from Hannover in the summer, and has scored in Stoke's last two games, but it is the old, experienced hands (and feet!) of the likes of Shawcross, Adam, and Walters who might provide more for Spurs to consider.

After three home defeats already, let's hope we don't "get fooled again" tomorrow. It's going to be tough, but I think we will win tomorrow and I may even grab some free bets to use from my mobile for the match. I'm going for a 2-1 win.

Tomorrow's match referee is Mike Jones, who was in charge when we beat Southampton 1-0 in early October.

On this date 10 years ago, Martin Jol's Spurs beat Burnley 3-0 away in a Carling Cup Fourth Round tie.

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