Spurs vs. Stoke Odds & Preview: Can Kane do it again?

The Harry Kane show will continue it rise in ratings on Sunday when Stoke come to town as Spurs resume league duties following their latest foray into Europe.

Kane, the England U21 striker, emerged as a national hero last weekend when he not only scored the winner against Aston Villa with a deflected free kick but also showed those pesky foreign imports the importance of values as he stopped Erik Lamela from waving an imaginary yellow card.

Kane was on target again midweek as he scored his 8th goal of the season and what proved to be the winner in the narrow 2-1 win over Asteras.

The clamour for Kane to start on Sunday is likely to reach fever pitch by Sunday morning however it is very likely that the 21 year old will start on the bench especially as Emmanuel Adebayor failed to travel to Greece.

While Kane has emerged from the shadows in recent weeks, the imposing figure of Federico Fazio wished he could slip in behind them. The defender, making just his 7th appearance for the club, was sent off for the second time in his short Spurs career.

The defender won’t feature on Sunday with Younes Kaboul set to resume his partnership with Jan Vertonghen while Hugo Lloris will replace Michel Vorm between the sticks.

Spurs have made an inconsistent start to the season, losing four games already. However they remain just three points off fourth place Arsenal. Last time out the ended a run of two straight defeats with the win over Villa and they will hope to extend their run on Sunday.

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Stoke for their part are 13th in the table. The club have proved somewhat strong on the road this campaign with their 1-0 win over Manchester City already a season DVD highlight.

Last time out they drew 2-2 at home to West Ham and their recent form of 1 draw, 2 wins and 2 defeats suggests that another mid-table finish is on the cards for Mark Hughes side. Hughes will be without Peter Odemwingie and Glenn Whelan although Robert Huth may return while Spurs will be without Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.