Tottenham entertain Stoke this weekend having not won in four matches and coming off the back of a hiding at the hands of Real Madrid in the Champions League.
The White Hart Lane faithful will be expecting a reaction from their players as they return to the business of ensuring European football is once again on the agenda next season and Spurs’ odds of seeing off Stoke on Saturday are 7/10 at bwin.com.
While the Potters have shown good form at the Britannia Stadium, winning four and drawing two of their last six, they have not won a single point away from home in 2011.
However, their muscular approach and combative style is probably the last thing a weakened Spurs side will want to face after their midweek travels and Tony Pulis’ men can be backed at 4/1 to take all three points.
Remember too that Stoke travelled to north London last season with low expectations and came away with a 1-0 win. A successful £10 bet on the same outcome this time around would see punters pick up £115.
One man who will be especially eager to get out on the pitch on Saturday is Spurs’ England international Peter Crouch.
The popular striker, who struck up an excellent partnership with Rafael van der Vaart in the early part of this season, had a shocker at the Bernabéu, picking up two yellow cards in the first 15 minutes to leave his side a man down.
Crouch will be keen to right the wrongs of Tuesday’s game and £10 on him to score first will return £55, while Van der Vaart can be backed at the same price.
Stoke’s main threat would appear to be Kenwyne Jones, who is available at 23/10 to score at any time.
A more adventurous bet might be for towering central defender Robert Huth to get on the end of something and notch up his seventh goal of the season. The former Chelsea man is priced at 23/5 to score any time.
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