Saturday, 18 October 2008

Stoke v Spurs Premiership Preview: Lawrence Missing For Potters & Pavlyuchenko Out For Spurs In Bottom Of The Table Clash

Premier League debutantes Stoke City take on Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

Manager Tony Pulis will be hoping his Potters side can secure all three points at home against a Spurs side that are yet to win in the Premiership this season. This is a must win game for Pulis, with Stoke in the relegation zone and without a win since a 3-2 win over Aston Villa in August.

Tottenham boss Juande Ramos is fighting for his job at White Hart Lane, having overseen Spurs’ worst start to a season for 96 years. Which sees the North London side at the bottom of the Premier League. If this is a must win game for Pulis, then this is a must, must win game for Spurs, with reports that Ramos has just six games to turn the clubs fortunes around.

Stoke are without Liam Lawrence (ankle) for the visit of Tottenham, while Salif Diao will face a late fitness test for a groin strain. Otherwise Pulis has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Ramos is unable to call on summer signing Roman pavlyuchenko (ankle) or long-term absentee Alan Hutton (foot), but should be able to play Tottenham captain Ledley King, with the International break giving King enough respite from a persistent knee injury.

Stoke City: (from) Sorensen, Simonsen, Griffin, Higginbotham, Olonfinjana, Cort, Whelan, Soares, Cresswell, Fuller, Sidibe, Kitson, Pugh, Pericard, Matteo, Shawcross, Diao, Faye, de Laet, Davies, Buxton, Tonge, Delap, Diagne-Faye, Phillips, Wilkinson, Dickinson, Sonko, Thorley

Tottenham Hotspur: (from) Gomes, Bale, Zokora, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Bent, Gilberto, Modric, Gunter, Giovanni, Campbell, Dawson, Cesar, Corluka, O’Hara. Assou-Ekotto, Woodgate, King

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