Whether Leicester win, lose or draw against West Ham at the King Power Stadium they will at least have Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino’s deflating record against Stoke for solace.
Spurs’ chance to react to the league leaders’ result against Slaven Bilic’s side won’t come until Monday evening, when they travel to face the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
They are 17/20 favourites to take the three points in the midlands, but recent history suggests the 5/2 about a draw or odds of 31/10 on victory for the hosts should hold more appeal.
Pochettino has averaged less points in Premier League games with Stoke than all bar one other Premier League opponent (Tottenham) since he first began working in England with Southampton in January 2013.
He has yet to win once in six meetings with the Lilywhites’ Monday-night foes, losing twice, drawing four times and earning a mean 0.67 points per fixture along the way.
That ratio even drops slightly to 0.60 when only the Argentine’s clashes with the Potters under Mark Hughes’ stewardship are taken into account and again, to a mere 0.33, when examining just Pochettino’s tussles with his nemeses while Tottenham manager.
The merest mention of the silver-haired welshman must be enough to have the lauded White Hart Lane tactician grinding his teeth and snapping at the tea lady.
Hughes’ Stoke bested Spurs home and away last season and even managed to claim a point from 2-0 down with 12 minutes remaining in north London earlier this season.
It’s fair to say that the pressure to, at the very least, keep pace with Leicester did little to hamper the side in second against Manchester United last week, but that too is a factor that will make their visit to the Britannia Stadium all the more troublesome.
The Potters are 19/20 in the double-chance betting on bwin, seemingly a very fair price in light of Tottenham and their manager’s recent toils against them.