Stoke v Spurs - Saturday 15:00
On the early evidence of this season, Stoke look incapable of making it four consecutive ninth placed finishes. Goals remain the source of frustration for Mark Hughes, and whilst they can consider themselves unlucky in the way they’ve fallen foul of the new grappling in the box rules two weeks running, this shouldn’t gloss over how little his side have created at the other end of the pitch.
Indeed, Stoke managed only one shot on target against Everton and Marko Arnautovic has been carrying his teams’ goal threat for a while now. Wilfried Bony should improve Stoke, but with a lack of game time under his belt not too much should be expected just yet.
Spurs are yet to really get going this season and were quite lucky to hold Liverpool to a point in their last match. They didn’t really open up their opponents until the second half, with a slow and predictable build-up, whilst Harry Kane is enduring something of a goal drought in both England and Spurs colours.
However, Pochettino’s charges should have enough to see off a Stoke team they beat 4-0 here back in April and that have won only once in their last 10 matches, and we’re backing Spurs/under 2.5 at 4.2.
Spurs have added quality and depth during the transfer window, with new £30m signing Moussa Sissoko set to make his debut here.
Erik Lamela is likely to be the man to miss out following his trip to Venezuela with Argentina, and Spurs fans will be hoping to see France’s Sissoko rather than the Newcastle version. He might not be quite the wide player Pochettino was looking for, but has the ability and physicality to drive his team forward and reduce the slowness in their play.