Date: 18th April 2016 at 11:00am
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Tottenham are running out of games to catch league leaders Leicester City, but will be buoyed by their 3-0 annihilation of Manchester United last weekend and the fact the Foxes could only muster a 2-2 draw against West Ham United on Sunday.

Stoke come into this game off the back of a miserable afternoon at Anfield and will be determined to make amends.

If Spurs are to finish as champions, they are going to have to win almost all their remaining games. The Lily Whites are currently on a five-game unbeaten run, a sequence of results including two draws and three wins.

If Tottenham do continue this good run of form and win all their remaining fixtures, they can finish on a maximum of 80 points. With the Foxes already on 73 points, they will have to rely on a massive capitulation on the Foxes’ behalf.

They enter this game against Stoke with the league’s current joint top goalscorer in their ranks. Harry Kane currently sit level with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy on 22 goals this term and they will be looking upon their talisman to carry them through.

Visiting the Potters away from home has always been deemed one of the hardest fixtures in the Premier League season, but Mark Hughes’ side have already lost six games at home and have not been in the best of form lately.

They were easily beaten last time out at Liverpool and ended up drawing their last home game after leading Swansea by two goals. Stoke are due a win but will find it difficult against a Spurs defence who have kept 12 clean sheets so far this season.

Team News:

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino welcomed the return of defender Jan Vertonghen last weekend and the defender made a huge impact. The Belgian will likely start his second game in succession since returning from injury.

However Tottenham will be particularly worried by the health of their star striker Kane. The England international picked up a slight knock to his thigh, but it is thought he will be fully fit again for their Monday night fixture.

Stoke have welcomed back Xherdan Shaqiri to their side, the midfielder played an hour last weekend during his side’s defeat to Liverpool. The Swiss star has a full weeks training and will want live up to his reputation.

Fellow midfielder Marko Arnautović has picked up a slight knock, but is likely to regain fitness before Monday. However, Glenn Whelan has suffered a back injury which may well keep him out of the fixture.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland, forward Jon Walters, plus defenders Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson all still remain out for the Potters.

League Positions: Stoke City – 9th (47 pts); Tottenham– 2nd (65 pts)
Form: Stoke City – WDLWDL; Tottenham – LDWWDW
Previous Meeting: Tottenham 2-2 Stoke City – August, 2015; Premier League
Key Players: Stoke City – Xherdan Shaqiri; Tottenham – Harry Kane
Shoot Says: Stoke City 1-2 Tottenham

 
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