Some desperate form in 2013 dragged Stoke right into a relegation scrap but the Potters have picked up seven points from their last available nine to move into the safety of mid-table and with the pressure off as they host top four hopefuls Tottenham, Tony Pulis’s side could well land a share of the spoils.
Spurs of course, with their greater incentive and superiority in terms of quality, are odds-on at 10/11 with Ladbrokes while BetVictor chalk the hosts up at 7/2 but Andre Villas-Boas’s troops have been no strangers to stalemates of late and with Stoke looking more solid, bet365’s 13/5 for an inconclusive contest narrowly shades it.
Stan James mark 13/2 against it finishing one-each at the Britannia Stadium, where Tottenham are a generous 8/1 (William Hill) to come from behind to secure a point, just as they did against Everton, Wigan and Chelsea in the last month or so.
Gareth Bale remains Spurs’ main danger man and by extension he’s the biggest goal threat in this clash. Nevertheless, with his team potentially set to fall behind, he’s a better bet at 6/5 with BetVictor to notch at any time than he is at 4/1 via Ladbrokes to notch first.
Tottenham to come from behind and draw – 8/1 (William Hill)