The Carling Cup - Stoke v Spurs
The Britannia Stadium
20th September 2011
After a thumping at Sunderland, which I'm sure all Stoke fans will want to forget - The Potters now turn their attentions to the Carling Cup, and the visit of Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs have made a rather indifferent start to the campaign, but a stunning 4-0 win over Liverpool at the weekend suggests they'll be gunning for the top 4 once again this year - and they've always been one for the cups, haven't they?
I'm not going to say much about the Sunderland game, I think you can over-analyse things too much in football. The way I see it, Pulis didn't do much wrong with his selection and it was just individual errors that cost us, it wasn't our day, and it's time to move on. Certainly, a win tonight would go some way in lifting the spirits ahead of what promises to be a huge test on Saturday when we face arguably the most in-form team in Europe, Manchester United.
We all know the league is our bread and butter, and with the addition of Europe this year, it could be questioned just how seriously Pulis will be taking the competition.
Stoke City Team News:
Pulis made nine changes in the game against Sunderland from the Europa League match at Kiev, and expect plenty more tonight.
The likes of Crouch & Jerome will surely be rested after playing two games in the space of four days.
He has no fresh injury concerns, but your guess is as good as mine as to who will start tonight's game.
Jermaine Pennant could return to the starting line-up, but Matty Etherington will most probably be rested after looking a shadow of his former self because of a niggling back injury
Player to watch: Kenwyne Jones
I have no idea who will start, but after coming on as a sub in Kiev and being on the bench again at his old hunting ground on Sunday - he'll most probably be given a run out tonight and as always, he'll be our main scoring threat.
Tottenham Hotspur Team News:
According to skysports.com - Spurs will be fielding a number of fringe players and youngsters, with the likes of Gallas and Sandro making their first starts of the season.
Heurelho Gomes hasn't had the best of times at the Britannia Stadium in recent years(he usually ends up crying), but he is also expected to start tonight.
Player to watch: Sandro
You could pick out perhaps Roman Pavyluchenko, or Niko Krandjcar( it's debatable whether either will start), but one man who looks pretty certain to return to Spurs midfield is Sandro - the brazilian is a very good midfielder and it'll be interesting to see how he plays tonight...
Match Facts & Stats
I think Stoke will win tonight, purely because Spurs will field a number of youngsters, we don't really have many youngsters to field... so our experience and the sheer fact we'll be at home should be enough tonight, but you've got to be a good player to play for Spurs, and I'm sure we'll see a couple of future stars in their line-up tonight. Stoke 2-1 Tottenham - I actually think it'll be a really good game!
Next Fixtures: Manchester United (H)
Yep, our next fixture is at home to Manchester United.