Tottenham v Stoke City: Match Preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City

White Hart Lane; Premier League; Wednesday March 21; KO 1945

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Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon and Ledly King are all doubts for Tottenham ahead of tonight's Stoke encounter.

"Ade's struggling," Harry Redknapp told the media yesterday. "He's not quite right and has to be doubtful.

"Aaron Lennon isn't ready to play yet with his hamstring problem neither, but it's improving."

William Gallas is fit again after a calf injury but Micheal Dawson, Heurelho Gomez and Tom Huddlestone all remain out.

After deciding that the fixture would go ahead after Fabrice Muamba went into cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane at the weekend, Redknapp has made it clear that no player has to play if they don't feel up to it.

Stoke City will be without forward Ricardo Fuller who still has two of the three game ban to serve after his sending off at Chelsea.

Tony Pulis is likely to go with Asmir Begovic after Thomas Sorensen was picked in the FA Cup defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. Peter Crouch is also set to line up, against his former employers.

Tottenham will be concentrating on strengthening their slender one point lead over Arsenal by winning for the first time in three Premier League outings.

Stoke, however, will be looking to deny that by making it a double over Spurs for the first time in the Premier League.

But the Potters have only won once at White Hart Lane in the past 37 years which was courtesy of a Glenn Whelan goal in 2009.

FA Cup tie rescheduled for next Tuesday

Fabrice Muamba's family have told Bolton Wanderers to fulfil their next fixtures.

The FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane between Tottenham and Bolton that was abandoned after Fabrice Muamba went into cardiac arrest has been rescheduled for Tuesday 27 March.

The tie last Saturday was abandoned by referee Howard Webb 41 minutes into the first half when paramedics had to try and resuscitate Muamba on the pitch.

Muamba has shown signs of improvement, including speech in both English and French and recognition of the situation he is in.

Owen Coyle told the BBC: "We spoke together with the players as a group this morning and I talked with Fabrice's family last night.

"Fabrice's father Marcel and his fiancee Shauna were keen that we fulfil our fixtures. Once the players knew this, there was no doubt in our minds that we would play the matches."

The match that ended 1-1 after an own goal from Gareth Bale and an equaliser from Kyle Walker will be restarted at 19.30.

The winners will book a semi-final date with Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday 15 April 2012.

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