After losing their opening two games of the season against the Manchester clubs, there has been no stopping Tottenham Hotspur who are firmly on course for a return to the Champions League and perhaps a tilt at the Premier League title.
Spurs have dropped just two points in their last eleven matches which sees them two points behind Manchester United with a game in hand and the goals continue to fly in from every direction for Harry Redknapp’s side.
Not that a trip to the Britannia Stadium will be easy for the visitors on Sunday although they did win at this ground last term and have also been victorious in their past three away matches. Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offer 11/10 that Tottenham leave Staffordshire with the spoils although they will be facing a Stoke team who are in form.
The Potters are 8th in the table following wins over Blackburn and Everton, something which ended a run of five straight defeats and we should also remember that City tend to enjoy hosting the big teams, with Manchester United and Chelsea being held at the Brit already this season.
Stoke are a 3/1 chance with Betfred (£25 free betting) to land the three points and the draw is priced at 12/5 which is a feasible outcome, especially with Peter Crouch likely to revved up against his former club. The ex-Spurs forward is an 8/1 chance to break the deadlock and is sure to test the opposition defence when the home side land corners and free-kicks.
Even so, this is a Tottenham side who are scoring for fun at the moment and Gareth Bale has really clicked into gear in recent weeks, with the Welshman hoping to recover from a knock to line up in this match. He’s a 17/2 chance to open the scoring, with Emmanuel Adebayor available at 11/2 and likely to be supported again by Jermain Defoe.