In this weekend’s preview for Tottenham v Stoke read up on my prediction along with analysis for the match in week 19 of the Premier League. Included with each match preview are statistics and betting odds to help with your own predictions.
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Tottenham Hotspur may be playing a more attacking style of football, but they are still struggling to turn that into goals. Their goal difference remains in the negatives at -5 having scored 19 and allowed 24 this season. Their defense had started the season quite brightly, but their last clean sheet (their seventh of the season) came back at the start of November. Since then they have allowed 19 goals having previously allowed only five. In their last six matches they have lost just once (the 0-5 to Liverpool) and they have scored less than two goals twice.
Stoke City really got burned by their players lack of discipline in Thursday’s 1-5 loss away to Newcastle United. Having two players sent off (as well as manager Mark Hughes) is not a good way to play a match. These two reds add to their 38 yellow cards this season (second most in the league). They have also given up 13.1 fouls per game, also second most in the league.
Stoke will now be without Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson to go along with the injured Asmir Begovic and Robert Huth. The loss of Whelan and Wilson mean the loss of some defensive stability which could really hurt them against a Spurs team that likes to dominate possession and take a lot of shots.
My prediction is a Tottenham win. They will still be without Andros Townsend as well as Kyle Walker, who picked up his fifth yellow of the season, but there is a chance of getting back several players including Jan Vertonghen, Aaron Lennon, Sandro, and Younes Kaboul; even if it is an outside chance for many of them.
Tottenham’s ability to create a large number of chances along with Stokes fouling will mean that there is a high probability that Stoke will make a mistake and give up a goal or two or more. With that said, Stoke are a resilient team and will do a job at frustrating Spurs as long as possible.
Betting Odds: Spurs win: 1.48-1.53; Draw: 4.17-4.46; Stoke win: 7.21-8.29
Form: Tottenham (D, W, W, L, W, D) Stoke (L, D, W, D, W, L)
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Stoke City
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