Stoke City - Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Must win game for Poch's men to keep up with Foxes

Spurs travel to the Britannia stadium on Monday evening knowing anything less than a win will nearly end their title charge with four games to go.

Stoke City - Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Must win game for Poch's men to keep up with Foxes
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Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Britannia Stadium on Monday night to face Stoke City in what is a must-win game for Mauricio Pochettino's men as they look to keep up with Leicester City at the top of the Premier League.

As it stands with five to games to go, Spurs are seven points of leaders Leicester so a win is imperative against Stoke on Monday to keep up their aspirations of winning the league. Spurs need to be ready to take advantage if the Foxes fail to beat West Ham United on Sunday.

Pochettino's men should be full of confidence going into the game after defeating Manchester United 3-0 last weekend at White Hart Lane. The win showed that they were up for the fight after being able to match what Leicester did just before them.

Stoke, on the other hand, lost their last game heavily away to Liverpool 4-1 in a game they will be disappointed they did not do better. The defeat left Stoke's European aspirations in real doubt as they sit in ninth place on 47 points with only five games to go.

Stoke's home record has not been up to its usual standard this season so they will be hoping that they can finish the season strong at home to try and finish as high up the table as they can. In the last six games, Stoke have won two, lost two and drawn two so it shows that they are inconsistent recently. 

Last meetings 

Last season at the Britannia Spurs were defeated heavily as they lost 3-0. The Stoke goals that day came from Charlie Adam, Steven N'Zonzi and a Jan Vertonghen own goal. Earlier in the season the sides drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane, a result that would not define Spurs season. Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli scored that day for Spurs while Marko Arnautovic and Mame Biram Diouf scored for the Potters. 

Diouf scored a late equaliser to deny Spurs the three points at White Hart Lane earlier in the season | Photo: Getty Images
Diouf scored a late equaliser to deny Spurs the three points at White Hart Lane earlier in the season | Photo: Getty Images

Team News

Stoke City

Mark Hughes has a few injury problems to contend with for the game with Glenn Johnson and Jonathan Walters both not ready to play after being injured for a couple of weeks. 

Marc Muniesa is also a doubt for the game as he has not been able to train since Monday while Glenn Whelan is struggling with a back problem ahead of the game.

Eric Pieters will miss the game due to suspension but the good news is that Joselu is available for the match after recovering from illness. 

Tottenham Hotspur 

Pochettino has no fresh injury concerns in his squad going into the game with Vertonghen, who has missed two months with a knee injury, coming through last week's game against United without any problems.  

Erik Lamela who had not played for a couple of games before the United game is set to keep his place after an impressive performance last week.

Stoke City will host Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium on Monday, April 18th with kick-off at 8PM BST.