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    Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur Preview: Wilfried Bony set for Potters bow

    By Alex Easley
    Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for his  Spurs side to maintain their unbeaten run. 
    Wilfried Bony is set to make his Premier League debut for Stoke City as Mark Hughes’ team host Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

    The striker has already featured in the Stoke shirt in a behind-closed-door friendly after his Deadline Day signing, but he will more than likely make his full debut this weekend.

    Potters boss Mark Hughes will be looking for his side to pick up their first win of the campaign having picked up just a single point thus far.

    Hughes said: "They will be a test for us, they're a good side with good energy and lots of pace and power so we will have to be able to match that.

    "Sometimes you have to hold your hands up because on the day, at home, I thought Tottenham were excellent against us last season."
    Mark Hughes will hand Wilfried Bony his full Stoke City debut on Saturday.
    Tottenham, meanwhile, have started the Premier League season unbeaten with two draws and a win – the latest was a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane with Liverpool.

    Spurs have a decent record when visiting the bet365 Stadium in recent years, having beaten Stoke 4-0 in the same fixture last season and the Lilywhites have won more games at the ground than other Premier League side (five).

    Boss Mauricio Pochettino stated: "We have seven games in 20 days and a crazy schedule until Christmas. We will rotate the squad and every player will have the chance to show his quality.

    "It will be tough for us this season, but I am happy with my squad."

    TEAM NEWS

    Defender Bruno Martins Indi - signed on loan on Deadline Day - could make his first Potters appearance, while goalkeeper Lee Grant is expected to replace Jakob Haugaard on the bench as back-up to Shay Given.

    The veteran Irishman is set for an extended run in the side as Jack Butland is out for another six to 10 weeks following ankle surgery, and Xherdan Shaqiri remains sidelined.

    Mame Diouf is a doubt but full-back Glen Johnson could return to the squad having recovered from a thigh problem.

    Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris will return to the side for Saturday's trip having missed out since suffering a hamstring injury on the opening day of the season and is set to replace Michel Vorm.

    Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has yet to decide whether new signings Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou will start but Mousa Dembele serves the last game of his suspension and Danny Rose is out.
    £30m signing Moussa Sissoko could make his Spurs debut at the weekend.
    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    Tottenham have won five Premier League away games at Stoke, more than any other side. This includes victories in three of their last four visits.

    Stoke's 4-0 defeat by Tottenham in April last season was their joint-biggest home loss in the Premier League.

    Stoke City

    This is only the third time in the nine seasons Stoke have been in the Premier League that they have been bottom of the table. The other two occasions came in August 2008 and September 2015.

    They have won just two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures (W2, D4, L7), picking up only 10 points from a possible 39.

    The Potters have gone 12 Premier League games without a clean sheet.

    They have conceded penalties in two of their three league games this season.

    Shay Given could make his 450th Premier League appearance in this match, becoming just the fourth goalkeeper to reach this milestone after David James (572), Mark Schwarzer (514) and Brad Friedel (450).

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Since winning 4-0 at Stoke on 18 April, Tottenham have won only one of their seven matches in the league (D4, L2).

    Harry Kane has gone five Premier League games without scoring, his longest drought since a six-match spell a year ago.

    Kane has scored just one goal in 16 Premier League matches during the months of August and September.

    He is one short of becoming the fourth player, after Teddy Sheringham (98), Jermain Defoe (91) and Robbie Keane (91), to score 50 Premier League goals for Spurs. If he scores in this game, on his 87th appearance, he will be the fastest to 50 goals. Sheringham did so in 91 matches.

    K.O. 3PM (UK) VENUE bet365 Stadium
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