Stoke v Tottenham, Sunday 13:30
– Stoke drew 1-1 with Sunderland last time out, Jonathan Walters grabbing an early goal for Tony Pulis’ side.
– Midfielder Michael Kightly currently sits as Stoke’s most accurate attacker this season, outshining his striker colleagues with a squad-best 68.2% shot accuracy rate from 22 attempts.
– American defender Geoff Cameron retains the distinction of being Stoke’s most prolific defender, having attempted more challenges than any other Potters player (93) whilst also retaining the highest tackle success rate in the Stoke squad with 69.9%.
– Despite allowing his aggressive streak to sometimes get him into trouble, Steven Nzonzi’s influence in the heart of the Stoke midfield can be crucial. The Frenchman has made a squad-leading 608 successful passes in the opponent’s half this season.
– An end-to-end game of high drama saw Tottenham leave Stamford Bridge with a point after a 2-2 draw with Chelsea, Emmanuel Adebayor and Gylfi Sigurdsson with the goals for Andre Villas Boas’ side.
– Gareth Bale was the only player to have four shots at goal in the last round of games, with two on target and two off, as his Premier League rivals had a surprisingly shot shy weekend.
– Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen has adapted to the rigours of the Premier League with staggering ease this season, and his ability to reclaim possession and read the game will be crucial for Tottenham in a fixture which could well decide their European future next season. He’s currently sitting on a superb tackle success rate of 78.8% from 99 attempted challenges as well as a squad-high 11 interceptions.
– Despite being forced to miss the last few weeks with injury, Moussa Dembele clearly has the midfield poise to help drive Tottenham further on in their development in the next few seasons. According to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index the Belgian has made more successful passes in the opponent’s half than any other player with 720.