Premier League Preview: Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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  • Tottenham winless in 3 vs. Stoke
  • Spurs lead all-time 43W-21D-25L
  • Stoke sits 9th
  • Spurs 8 points off first place

Tottenham Hotspur heads to the Britannia Stadium on Monday with the chance to close Leicester City’s table lead down to five points (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Stoke City meanwhile will hope a big win could not only erase the taste of its last outing, a 4-1 loss to Liverpool, but also the missed chance to encroach on the Top Five.

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The Potters beat Newcastle 1-0 on March 2, their third-straight win pulling them to the precipice of a European place. But Mark Hughes‘ bunch has since stumbled to just one win to go with two draws and two losses en route to ninth place.

What they’re saying

Stoke’s Bojan Krkic on ambition“We want to try and stay close to the European places if we can so we need the points on the board. Our ambition is to try and get into Europe, we know that isn’t going to be easy and we may need to win all of our remaining matches, but that is our target now. When you are a player and you want to achieve things then you have to aim high and then take each game as it comes.”

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on fading title aims“It’s important to keep fighting. We have different objectives – one is to try and win the title but also to play in the Champions League, this is important too for the club and if it’s not to win the title, it’s to stay in second. That is very important.”

Prediction

Can Mark Hughes get Stoke to feel any semblance of the desperation and motivation of the visitors on Monday? It’s hard to imagine, and Spurs have not often wilted when faced with said pressure. We’re back a road win, as Harry Kane continues his likely ill-fated case to be PFA Player of the Year in a 2-0 win.