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OPPONENTS Stoke City
COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Sunday 11th December 2011
VENUE Britannia Stadium
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Having qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, Stoke City have finally found a win after one of their mid-week matches and the 1-0 win in the drab game at Everton shows that they are able of winning at places you might not expect.

Not that you wouldn't expect them to win at the Britannia, where they are backed by a small but noisy following.  And they are assisted by a drop in temperatures to below the national average by the whipping wind in the Potteries area.

But more than that, they have changed their style a little.  How little remains to be seen, as the big striker Peter Crouch appears ideally suited to the former route one tactics, but now he is deployed as a more regular target man.  With a couple of wingers and some industrious midfielders, Stoke have transmogrified into a half decent team on their day, but they still appear to want to play more football than their players' abilities sometimes allow.

There is still a reliance on set-pieces with Delap's long throws and corners from Pennant and Etherington, meaning that our central defenders and Adebayor will need to be alert, but the new style often leaves them open to the counter-attack.

At the back, Begovic hasn't been quite the keeper they thought he might be when they stole him from Tottenham on transfer deadline day, with Sorensen returning between the sticks.  And the defence as a whole have been a bit leaky, with five conceded at Bolton and four at Sunderland, which is a surprise, as they are known for being strong at the back.

It is the lack of goals up front that are costing the Potters points, with 13 goals in 14 games showing that their defence needs to be tighter if they are to pick up points. 

With a collection of ex-Spurs in their ranks - Woodgate, Palacios and Crouch - there will be an added incentive to do well and it would not surprise me if Pulis did not include them all to add an edge to his side's play.

While places like Stoke and Bolton were places where Spurs just paid a visit, these days, things are much different and the presence of Scott Parker means that we have a steel in the midfield, which was once missing in the recent past.  The set-up away from home will probably be Adebayor and van der Vaart, with Bale and Lennon supporting.  The Spurs defence has been sound this season and will need to stand up to the physical test they will be getting on Sunday.  If they can do that, then I think they will come back rewarded.

PREDICTION Stoke City    1      Tottenham Hotspur   2
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STOKE CITY TEAM NEWS : 
Mamady Sidibe will miss the game with a knee injury, while keeper Thomas Sorensen might be ruled out with concussion, but looks as though he would be ready to play again.  Defender Andy Wilkinson faces a late fitness test on his back, while both Rory Delap and Jermaine Pennant look like over-coming their knocks to play on Sunday.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
A groin injury rules out Giovani dos Santos and Danny Rose's ankle injury keeps him out of the squad for selection.  Also sidelined are Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (Achilles).  Ledley King got a knock in training, Jermain Defoe has a hamstring problem and Gareth Bale took a knock on his foot against Bolton Wanderers last week, but at least Niko Kranjcar is back in training again following his thigh injury.
COVERAGE :

TV
Sky Sports 1 (Live)
Match of the Day 2  (BBC 2) - Sunday 22.35 - 23.35 (highlights)  Also available online.

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Radio :  
BBC LONDON 94.9FM (London area only), Digital Radio (London area only) &  Sky Channel 0152  (live coverage)
Commentary may be found on
>   BBC Radio Five Live (live coverage)  606/939 MW
TalkSport (DAB or 1089 MW)
Absolute Radio  (1215 AM/MW)

If available on BBC radio, it can supposedly be heard in these countries on these stations ...
Australia (Melbourne)
SEN  -  116 AM  Live Transmissions: TWI, Saturday. 12.45 & 1500 matches
Australia (Sydney) 
Radio 2  -  1611AM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 12.45 Match
Singapore
Media Corp Radio  -  93.8 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
South Africa 
SABC (Radio 2000)  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
Uganda  Radio 1 (English) 90.0 FM, Radio 2 (Lugandan) 87.9 FM  Live Transmission: TWI, Saturday, 15.00 Match
North America (USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean) 
Sirius Satellite Radio  Live transmission: Saturday - 12.45, 15.00 (TWI) & 17.15 (BBC) Sunday - 14.00 & 16.05 (BBC) Mon, Tue, Wed - Various times (BBC)

Internet :
www.spurs.co.uk   Live webcast  - subscribers only
BBC London -
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Premier League
Sunday 1ath December 2011                              
Venue :  Britannia Stadium
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Manager :  Tony Pulis Manager :   Harry Redknapp
Sponsor :   - Shirt sponsor :  Aurasma
Kit Supplier :  - Kit Supplier :   Puma
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Other scores during this week :
Arsenal - - - -day
Aston Villa - - - -day
Blackburn Rovers - - - -day
Bolton Wanderers - - - -day
Chelsea - - - -day
Everton - - - -day
Fulham - - - -day
Liverpool - - - -day
Manchester City - - - -day
Manchester United - - - -day
Newcastle United - - - -day
Norwich City - - - -day
Queens Park Rangers - - - -day
Sunderland - - - -day
Swansea City - - - -day
West Bromwich Albion - - - -day
Wigan Athletic - - - -day
Wolverhampton Wanderers - - - -day

   

 

League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester City 14 12 2 0 48 13 38 +35
2 Manchester United 14 10 3 1 31 13 33 +18
3 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 13 10 1 2 29 16 31 +13
4 Chelsea 15 9 1 4 31 17 28 +14
5 Arsenal 14 8 2 4 30 23 26 +7
6 Newcastle United 14 7 5 2 20 15 26 +5
7 Liverpool 14 6 5 3 17 13 23 +4
8 Stoke City 14 5 3 6 13 22 18 -9
9 Everton 13 5 1 7 15 17 16 -2
10 Aston Villa 14 3 7 4 16 18 16 -2
11 Norwich City 14 4 4 6 19 26 16 -7
12 Queens Park Rangers 14 4 4 6 15 25 16 -10
13 Fulham 14 3 6 5 16 16 15 0
14 West Bromwich Albion 14 4 3 7 13 21 15 -8
15 Swansea City 14 3 5 5 14 20 14 -6
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 4 2 8 15 24 14 -9
17 Sunderland 14 2 5 7 16 17 11 -1
18 Blackburn Rovers 14 2 4 8 21 32 10 -11
19 Bolton Wanderers 14 3 0 11 19 34 9 -15
20 Wigan Athletic 14 2 3 9 11 27 9 -16

 

 

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