Mauricio Pochettino, one of the six managers still to face a defeat in the new Premier League season will have a tough weekend, this time, around with a trip to Stoke waiting on the cards. Mark Hughes’ side are yet to win a game this season and are currently at the bottom of the table with just one point from 3 games. However, these two clubs have always produced intriguing contests which have provided full value of entertainment on the night. With the duo set to face off this weekend, let’s take a trip down the memory lane and look at 5 recent clashes between both sides:
Stoke City 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur (19-04-2016)
With 5 games of the season remaining, Pochettino’s men thrashed the Potters in their own back yard with a brace each from Harry Kane and Dele Alli as they kept close tabs on Leicester City in the title race.
Both the goal scorers were completely unplayable on the night as Stoke were left stunned with the intensity and energy with which the Spurs entered the game on the night. It was a thrashing that Stoke will not forget and will want to take revenge for, in the match this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Stoke City (15-08-2015)
The reverse fixture earlier last season saw the Spurs lose two points from a winning position. Goals from Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli gave the Spurs a first half lead but Mark Hughes got his team to hit back strongly as Arnautovic’s penalty and a headed equalizer from Diouf in the span of 6 minutes saw them walk away with a point from the game. Stoke looked strong at that time of the season but failed to keep up the form for a long time.
Stoke City 3-0 Tottenham Hotspur (09-05-2015)
In the middle of a disastrous run late in the 2014-15 season, Spurs went down to a 3-0 defeat at the Britannia stadium in a humiliating game. With just one win in 5 games prior to this clash, Spurs were not the favorites to take all three points as the Potters managed to slip 2 past the visitors before half time. Goals from Charlie Adam and Steven N’zonzi added by an own goal late in the game from Jan Vertonghen, after Vlad Chiricheș was sent off early in the second half, were enough for the Potters to stamp their authority on the game. This is a game no Spurs fan will want to remember.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Stoke City (9-11-2014)
Early in the 2014-15 season, the Spurs were not convincing enough and were going into this home game against Stoke low with confidence. They were off to a disastrous start as Stoke took a lead within 6 minutes thanks to a superb goal from Bojan Krkic only to double it after the half-hour mark with another splendid effort this time from Jonathan Walters. Though Nacer Chadli pulled one back late in the game, a red card to Kyle Naughton all but ended their hopes of taking anything from the game.
Stoke City 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur (26-04-2014)
In the second leg of the 2013-14 season between two sides, Tottenham Hotspur were made to work hard at the Britannia to get all three points from the game. A first-half goal from Danny Rose was the only goal on the night but there was plenty of action as Ryan Shawcross was sent off in the second half leaving Stoke with little chance of a comeback. It was one of the most evenly fought games between the two sides. If this weekend’s game is anything likes any of theses clashes, it will provide for a great viewing not just for the fans but also for the neutral.