Stoke Return to Action
Stoke return to action today with a handful of new players available.
Wilfried Bony is the headline maker of the recent arrivals, whilst Bruno Martins Indi could also make his debut. Lee Grant is likely to be on the bench for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur.
After an indifferent start to the season Stoke will be hoping that a break will have given them renewed vitality, but the likes of Geoff Cameron, Mame Biram Diouf and Ramadan all return after lengthy trips for international matches over the last week.
The same can be said for Spurs, with Erik Lamela already ruling himself out after representing Argentina. Another man unavailable is Danny Rose- an old foe in these parts after his actions back in 2014.
One player who is likely to come in is Moussa Sissoko- a big money deadline day signing from Newcastle. He had a hit and miss time on Tyneside, but we’ll all be hoping he doesn’t start his Spurs career like he did up north. His first two matches in a black and white shirt yielded two goals and an assist.
But Stoke have their own animals eager to make an impression. Joe Allen scored his first international goal on Monday, whilst Marko Arnautovic returns on the back of a man of the match performance in Georgia.
And whilst Xherdan Shaqiri remains on the sidelines, there could be a welcome return to competitive action for Glen Johnson.
The last two matches held in Staffordshire between the two teams have been very one sided. Spurs coming out 4-0 winners in April, and Stoke defeating their opponents 3-0 12 months before.
In all, Stoke have won three of the Premier League encounters at the Britannia Stadium and lost five.
Perhaps the first clash at the bet365 Stadium will result in the first draw between the two sides in these parts…
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