Preview: Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

Tottenham Hotspur will want to bounce back from their Europa League exit with a comprehensive victory over Stoke City at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs head into this match in third place on the Premier League standings, just two points behind Manchester City and 10 adrift of leaders Chelsea.

While they are still in the FA Cup, as a result of their exit from Europe, the hosts will now throw all of their efforts into climbing the league standings.

Stoke, meanwhile, have enjoyed something of a run of improved form after a difficult December period, with just one defeat in their last five games, that includes two draws and two victories.

They currently occupy a relatively comfortable ninth place on the table, but with a number of key players returning for victory, the club is optimistic ahead of this weekend's clash as they aim to record back-to-back wins for the first time since before Christmas.

Following Thursday's 2-2 draw with Gent (2-3 on aggregate), Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "On Sunday we will pick a team that is fresh.

"We need to move on and forget that competition and try to be focused on Sunday, and ready to fight because the competition doesn't wait for you.

"It always pushes you to give your best. Now is not the time to cry, but to move on and to start preparing for the game against Stoke."

And Mark Hughes added on Stoke's website: "The guys have had the benefit of a free weekend, and that will have undoubtedly helped them to recover from the injuries they have had.

“Xherdan Shaqiri is ok again now and available for selection and Geoff (Cameron) is very close too – the game may come a little too soon for him but at the moment he is in my thoughts. 

“Walts (Jonathan Walters) is maybe a little bit behind the two guys I have just mentioned but he is making good progress too and came outside with the group for a little bit this morning, which was a positive for us.” 

In team news, Danny Rose (knee) remains sidelined as does Erik Lamela (hip), for Spurs, while Stoke have doubts over Phil Bardsley after he was withdrawn for the 2-1 win Crystal Palace, but Glen Johnson is fit, as is Wilfried Bony.

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