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After losing to Arsenal last weekend, Stoke must dust themselves off and get ready to host Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, who will be making the trip to the bet365 Stadium on the back of a sensational win against Chelsea. Things are far from great for the Potters and they look increasingly likely to bite the bullet and get relegated by the end of this season.
Currently placed 19th in the table, Stoke are without a win in their last 4 games and with a visit from Tottenham coming up, it will be quite a test for Paul Lambert’s men.
Butland is regarded as one of the league’s best and he has been solid for Stoke. Thus, he is expected to retain his spot between the sticks.
Pieters’ lively displays often help Stoke dominate the left-wing and he is likely to be handed a start this weekend.
Martins Indi has been reliable enough at the back and he should find himself in the starting XI against Tottenham.
Shawcross is known for his no-nonsense approach and he is expected to partner Martins Indi at the heart of the defence. The duo will have to be at its best to keep Spurs at bay.
Johnson is expected to take up his usual role at right-back and complete the back-4.
Ndiaye can be a game-changing player for Stoke in the middle of the park. However, he will be up against some of the league’s best midfielders this Saturday and it will be interesting to see how he fares.
Allen works well with Ndiaye and he is likely to be deployed as his midfield partner against the mighty Spurs.
Sobhi can bring in some much-needed pace to boost the attack and he is likely to be handed a started as a wide midfielder on the left-hand side.
The same goes for Bauer, who is likely to be deployed on the right-wing, just as he was against Arsenal.
Shaqiri’s creativity has often provided hope for Stoke and if they are to cause an upset of any sort, this man will have to be at his best.
Diouf is likely to lead the line once more for the club. A goal from him would go a long way in Stoke causing an upset here.