The odds are now stacked against Spurs with two games remaining and Saturday’s trip to the Britannia Stadium looks a tough assignment, with Andre Villas-Boas’ team having played a lot of football in recent weeks.
Even so, the bookmakers have them as strong favourites to claim victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with bet365 offering 10/11 about an away win which would temporarily move Tottenham into the top four ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal.
Spurs haven’t lost in their past eight matches although only three of those games have ended in victory and the 13/5 (BetVictor) about this contest ending all square makes more appeal than the odds-on about an away win.
Stoke are no mugs in front of their own supporters and have no pressure on their shoulders for this match after making sure of their Premier League status on Monday with a 1-1 draw away to Sunderland.
The bottom line is that the Potters have only lost four times at home all season, winning seven and drawing seven of their other matches and we know they can keep things tight as demonstrated at White Hart Lane earlier this term when securing a goalless draw.
Stoke’s defence is finally starting to look watertight and Under 2.5 Goals is a 4/6 chance with Paddy Power which looks a likely prospect, even if Tottenham’s last two away matches have ended in a 2-2 draw.
That outcome can be backed at 17/1 with BetVictor, although AVB will settle for a scrappy 1-0 win and his team had to wait a long time to make a breakthrough against Southampton last weekend although it was no surprise when Gareth Bale produced the goods in the final few minutes.
Bale has been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer and the fact that Spurs are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League means that Daniel Levy might have his work cut out keeping the team’s star player.
Perhaps Stoke can dish out a 1-0 win of their own at odds of 11/1 and Peter Crouch will be lining up against several of his former team-mates. It was the striker who sealed Champions League football for Tottenham three seasons ago and wouldn’t it be ironic if he denied his old club this weekend.