Spurs will be hoping to maintain their winning ways heading into Saturday’s afternoon clash with Stoke City at the Wembley stadium.
Pochettino’s men recorded a more than needed 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia Wednesday night, with star players; Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier getting a rest, with qualification to the last 16 already safe and secured.
Domestically Spurs have been very out of sorts in recent weeks, winning just one of their last six games as they’ve dropped 18 points off leaders Manchester City and currently sit sixth in the table.
Pochettino has recognised title hopes are all but over, however knows his Spurs team are more than capable of competing with the world’s best teams, and will need to step up back to that early season form when Mark Hughes’ Potters come knocking this weekend.
Tottenham face a defensive nightmare, with summer signing Davison Sanchez suspended for the next three games after receiving a straight red card against Watford in last week’s game. Furthermore Toby Alderweireld remains on the side-lines with a long term injury. This suggests Tottenham will likely go with four at the back for this one, reigniting an Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen partnership.
Kane, Eriksen and Trippier are all in line for a return to the starting XI, after being rested mid-week. While Heung-min Son will also be pushing for a starting position after another goal in Tottenham’s Champions League clash mid-week.
Stoke are without Centre back Bruno Martins Indi who is set to be out for a long period of time with a groin injury. Pochettino and his team will also have to be wary of former Spurs striker Peter Crouch, who is a nuisance for the best of defences.
Spurs could go five league matches without winning for the first time in a single season since March 2012.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have dropped nine points in their first seven Premier League games at Wembley this season, as many as in their last 23 league games at White Hart Lane, suggesting the “Wembley curse” is still well and truly alive and kicking.
Stoke’s only league victory in the last seven away games against Tottenham came in November 2014, drawing three and losing three.
Peter Crouch needs one goal to become Stoke’s outright all-time leading Premier League scorer. He is level with Jonathan Walters on 43 goals.
Although Tottenham’s form has been less than impressive domestically in recent weeks, the talent they have at their disposal should be more than enough to get them through this one. Nevertheless Stoke are a notoriously tough team to take on, and wont by any means be a pushover for Pochettino’s talented young team.
Predicted Spurs starting XI: Lloris, Trippier, Dier, Vertonghen, Davies, Dembele, Winks, Son, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
Predicted Stoke starting XI: Butland, Zouma, Shawcross, Wimmer, Diouf, Allen, Fletcher, Pieters, Shaqiri, Jese, Chuopo-Moting.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 3-0 Stoke