Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur will travel to the Britannia Stadium on Monday evening looking to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester City.

With referee Kevin Friend being dropped as the man in the middle due to his self-confessed support of the Foxes – it proves how crucial this fixture will be for Spurs.

During the pre-match conference, Mauricio Pochettino revealed he only has two injury concerns, none of which are regular starters, while mentioning they’ve improved immensely since their 2-2 draw against their opponents earlier in the campaign.

“It is only Nabil [Bentaleb] still out plus Clinton Njie who is back in full training and nearly ready to be selected again.

“The connection between the fans and the team this season is fantastic and something we enjoy a lot.”

“Stoke City in the last few years have changed a lot with their philosophy, so it will be a very tough game. We have improved a lot since our 2-2 draw with them at home.”

Stoke City are still within in touching distance of a European spot despite their inconsistencies of late as they trail fifth-placed Manchester United by six points.

Mark Hughes will be sweating on the fitness of Marc Muniesa, while Erik Pieters remains unavailable through suspension.

A win for the Potters could see them move up one spot into eighth above Liverpool, while a win for the away side could see them close the gap on the league leaders.

However, Renieri’s men will play before the Lillywhites and their Argentine boss admitted they’ll be keeping a close eye on the result against their cross-town rivals, West Ham United.

“We know we have five games ahead and it is very important we try to win all five games and wait and see if Leicester drop points,” Pochettino said.

“If it is not possible to win the league it is very important to stay in second place.”

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