Monday Night Live! Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur
Good evening everybody, tonight’s live Premier League match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur has rather been put into the shade by events elsewhere, and Spurs might well consider this to be very much to their advantage. With attention today largely centred on the performances of referee Jon Moss and Jamie Vardy during yesterday’s match between Leicester City and Stoke City, it doesn’t particularly feel as if there has been a great deal of attention paid to this match.
It does, however, matter. Spurs are at the time of writing eight points behind Leicester City with tonight’s match being their game in hand. If they win tonight, that gap drops to five points, with Leicester having dropped points in their last match. A previously impervious team at least has a chink of vulnerability about it. And Spurs, who should at least be well rested having not played since last Sunday’s win against Manchester United, should be in a strong position to be able to take advantage of any further slip-ups. As for Stoke… they’ve some injury problems, but they’re not the kicking people up in the air specialists that they were made out to be under Tony Pulis (they weren’t at the time, really) and are plenty capable of winning this match.
But anyway, here are the teams: I’ll be back shortly before kick-off the big match. For those of you who are too impatient for this, why not entertain yourselves with this morning’s Twohundredpercent Video of the Day? It’s a corresponding league fixture between these two teams from 1976 at The Victoria Ground. Back at about five to eight! (And yes, that is who you think it is keeping goal for Stoke this evening, and yes, he is still younger than me, so there’ll be no jokes of *that* nature tonight.)
Stoke City: Given, Cameron, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Imbula, Shaqiri, Afellay, Arnautovic, Bojan.
Spurs: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.