Speaking this week about the prospect of facing the form team in the Premier League, Stoke defender Robert Huth made the telling remark: “Every week I see Spurs on the TV and am glad I’m not playing them.”
Sadly for the German his turn in the north London firing line has come, and with Tottenham brushing aside ten man Bolton last week with the nonchalance of a gorilla swatting a fly, the big centre-back could be in for a difficult afternoon.
Other than romance, there is little reason for you to back Crouch. Three league goals all season is hardly the return that Stoke were expecting after splashing out £10million on the 30-year-old.
There are plenty of possible goalscorers in the Tottenham starting line-up. Emmanuel Adebayor and Rafael van der Vaart’s partnership is blossoming with each forward having notched seven goals in all competitions so far this season, while Jermaine Defoe has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances and seems hungrier than ever for goals.
It would be easy to make a case for any of these three strikers to score on Sunday at the Britannia.
Instead, let’s consider Tottenham’s wide men, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, and their chances in the in the goalscorers market
The pace of both players is key to the structure and strategy of the Tottenham side, but their raison d’etre is not merely to put crosses into the box for others.
With Adebayor an expert at holding up play, and Van der Vaart possessing creative vision second to none, Bale and Lennon provide offensive outlets from wide starting positions, with both players highly adept at cutting in and finishing off moves clinically.
Stoke’s central defensive pairing of Huth and Shawcross are susceptible to the blistering pace of both Spurs wide-men and you should invest in both Tottenham players to score at any time.
Gareth Bale, who has scored nine times for club and country this season, is available at 11/4 to get on the scoresheet, while Lennon, who’s scored twice in his last four league appearances, is priced at 13/4 to make that three in five at the Britannia.
The romantics among you might fancy a flutter on Peter Crouch to score against his old side, and the former England striker is available to do so at 2/1.
But other than romance, there is little reason for you to back Crouch. Three league goals all season is hardly the return that Stoke were expecting after splashing out £10million on the 30-year-old.
Against the positionally-aware and aerially competent defensive duo of Ledley King and Younes Kaboul, who of course will know all about their former teammate, Crouch could well be in for another frustrating afternoon.
(Read full Stoke v Tottenham betting preview here)
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