Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City

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Stoke City and Spurs both fell victim in tight contests against tough opening day foes, and it barely gets any easier when the two square off at White Hart Lane on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

USMNT veteran Geoff Cameron’s Potters will be looking to keep up their mastery of Spurs after last year’s sweep by a combined score of 5-1. Both matches did see a Tottenham player earn a red card, with Kyle Naughton sent off while Spurs trailed 2-1 in the first match, while Vlad Chiriches’ sending-off in the second match came in the 55th minute with Spurs already down 2-0. Ugly stuff.

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Tottenham fell 1-0 to Manchester United on opening weekend in a listless affair that could’ve gone either way, or just as easily ending 0-0. Kyle Walker’s own goal was the only thing that broke the stalemate, while the Potters and Reds also could’ve ended 0-0 had Philippe Coutinho not scored a wonder goal to send Liverpool past Stoke.

Spurs will be competing this week and into the future without Roberto Soldado, who’s been sold to Villarreal and will return to La Liga.

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What they’re saying

Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino is happy to be home: “They’ve got a lot of quality in the team, so we have to be aware of the danger they bring. But at home we want to win every game and that’s the mentality we’ll have for Saturday.”

Stoke defender Erik Pieters on facing Spurs: “We have to dare to play in the big games, and with the players we have here now we can play good attacking football and put other teams under pressure, whether we are at home or away. We had a good result against Tottenham last season at White Hart Lane and we want to do the same again. We believe that we can go there and win the game. That is what we will be looking to do.”

Prediction

Given their respective slates always looked tough, one of these teams could be looking at a zero-point total in the Premier League basement despite such high expectations to open the season. Home field does feel like the tipping point here, though Spurs’ relative consistency with their squad might also be what brings Tottenham past its still-gelling opponents. Give us Spurs by a 2-0 margin, but also some leeway: Stoke is good.