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Watch Live: Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham still hold faint hopes of securing the last Champions League berth, but they’ll need to beat Stoke City at the fortress of the Britannia if they want to keep that dream alive (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

Tim Sherwood is confident that his success in the Premier League should be enough for him to stay on as manager of Spurs, but a dramatic late push for fourth would certainly sweeten the pot. With Everton losing to Southampton at the time of this writing, Tottenham should be a bit more fired up about their chances, but even if they manage to get past Stoke, Spurs will still need to hope Arsenal falter against a Newcastle side with nothing to play for.

It may seem as though Stoke, too, have nothing to play for, sitting 10th with 44 points. But the Potters, who’ve been revived this season under Mark Hughes, are still eager to impress. They’re aiming for their highest-ever Premier League finish, securing a top-half berth for the first time. And having lost just twice at the Britannia this season, it’s hard to imagine Stoke will be intimidated by Spurs’ visit.

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Hughes makes just one change from his side that drew 1-1 at Cardiff last weekend, and it’s one of necessity. Erik Pieters came off injured after thirty minutes last week, and so will start on the bench, with Marc Muniesa in the starting XI instead. The rest of the defense remains unchanged, as Ryan Shawcross, Marc Wilson and Geoff Cameron prepare to stop the Spurs’ goal assault.

It’s just one change for Tottenham as well. Michael Dawson returns from injury, meaning Zeki Fryers no longer has to pretend he’s a center back, and can instead relax on the bench. Harry Kane, who has scored in each of his three Premier League starts, continues to get the nod up top alongside Emmanuel Adebayor.

LINEUPS

Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Wilson, Shawcross, Muniesa; Arnautovic, Whelan, Nzonzi, Odemwingie; Ireland; Crouch

Subs: Sorensen; Pieters, Palacios, Adam, Walters, Assaidi, Wilkinson

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane

Subs: Friedel, Fryers, Bentaleb, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado

Watch Live: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham (Lineups and Discuss)

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After winning their last two matches, it seems survival might indeed be possible for Fulham – but a big win over Spurs at White Hart Lane could very well punch their ticket to the 2014/2015 Premier League (Watch live at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Just a few weeks ago, it looked as though Fulham were headed for the Championship, sitting dead last and playing woefully. But six points from their last two matches puts the Cottagers just two points from safety. With their remaining fixtures against Hull City, Stoke and Crystal Palace, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Fulham manage to survive.

(READ MORE: PREVIEWING TOTTENHAM VS. FULHAM)

Nor is three points against Tottenham all that unimaginable. Spurs are one of the most unpredictable sides in England at the moment. They’re able to lose dramatically (4-0 to both Liverpool and Chelsea), win emphatically (5-1 over Sunderland) and come back to rescue a point (last week’s 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion). Spurs, too, still have a fight on their hands – fourth looks unlikely, being seven points back, but now they need to keep ahold of the final Europa League place.

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Tim Sherwood, usually so fond of making sweeping changes to his lineups, has made just one alteration from last week’s comeback against West Brom. Zeki Fryers replaces Vlad Chiriches, a change made at halftime last weekend. Sherwood keeps Emmanuel Adebayor up top, despite his missing a penalty last time out, and young Harry Kane remains alongside.

Somewhat surprisingly, Felix Magath is mixing things up, making five changes to last week’s winning side. Obviously one change is enforced: Lewis Holtby cannot play against his parent club, so Alex Kačaniklić steps in. So too do Ashkan Dejagah, John Arne Riise, William Kvist and Scott Parker.

LINEUPS

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Fryers, Rose; Lennon, Chadli, Paulinho, Eriksen; Adebayor, Kane

Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Bentaleb, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend, Soldado

Fulham: Stockdale; Heitinga, Amorebieta, Hangeland, Riise; Kvist, Sidwell, Parker; Dejagah, Rodallega, Kačaniklić

Subs: Stekelenburg, Karagounis, Kasami, Zverotić, Roberts, Woodrow, Bent