Andre Villas-Boas takes his North London side to the Britannia Stadium knowing his side needs to win to keep up their push for a top four finish.
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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Gareth Bale to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane and end speculation linking him with Real Madrid.
Although the newly-crowned footballer of the year is currently under contract until 2016, Spurs are keen to give Bale a pay rise to fend off interest from Real after netting 20 Premier League goals already this season.
Bale will be looking to add to that impressive haul when Spurs visit Stoke on Sunday in a match crucial to the north Londoners’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, which would be a major boost to their hopes of persuading the Welsh midfielder to remain at White Hart Lane.
“It would be good for him to sign a new contract,” said Villas-Boas, whose fifth-placed side are one point behind fourth placed Arsenal and three behind third placed Chelsea.
“I think he deserves it for the season he’s had. Obviously we could put to bed every single speculation that’s coming out.
“It would be excellent and I think a reward for what he has achieved this season.”
Villas-Boas has yet to beat Stoke in two attempts – drawing 0-0 in both games – and he knows the hostile Britannia Stadium will present a tricky test of Spurs’ European ambitions again this weekend.
“We have to do our job in the two remaining fixtures and it’s time for somebody to slip up,” he added.
“At the moment, we can only focus on ourselves, try to get the maximum points possible and wait for something to happen.
“The Premier League can change in a weekend. Everything is still a possibility.”
Tottenham’s Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who scored in their 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday, has called on his team-mates to go for broke in their last two matches.
“We have two games left and they will be like two cup finals for us,” he said.
“We play against Stoke then Sunderland at home and we have every chance to do it. We have to believe we can do it and then we can do it.
“We have to keep going, keep fighting and those games are critical now, we have to win those matches.”
Stoke manager Tony Pulis has vowed to play his part in keeping the race for Champions League places as competitive as possible.
Pulis has steered his side to safety after reaching 41 points with a draw at Sunderland last Monday, yet he says Villas-Boas should not expect any favours from Stoke.
The club will be staging a day of celebrations to mark their 150th anniversary and they want to round off the day in perfect fashion.
“We’re relaxed in a way we hope we can now put in a good performance against Spurs,” he said.
“It’s a big game for us, and it celebrates the 150th anniversary of the club. What we have to do is concentrate on giving Tottenham a decent game.”
Pulis admits he has had a tough time from supporters this season, but he believes he has answered them by keeping the club up again.
“It’s so important that this club stayed in the Premier League. Some people want more – that’s up to them. They’re entitled to their opinions.”
Pulis says the temptation to rest key players is tempered by the fact that Spurs have plenty to play for.
“I think it’s all about how we play rather than Spurs,” he said. “I hope we can have a go at Tottenham and get the crowd behind us.
“We have a responsibility to the Premier League to put out as strong a team as we can. That’s what we’ll do.”
Venue Britannia Stadium, Sunday 1.30pm
Last season Stoke 2 Tottenham 1
Referee Kevin Friend
This season’s matches 23 Y90, R1, 3.96 cards per game
Subs from Nash, Sorensen, Wilkinson, Cameron, Kightly, Etherington, Palacios, Shea, Ness, Jones, Owen
Doubtful Wilkinson (back), Wilson (thigh)
Injured Whelan (groin, 19 May)
Form guide DWWLLL
Disciplinary record Y75 R3
Leading scorer Walters 8
Subs from Friedel, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Naughton, Defoe, Holtby, Assou-Ekotto, Livermore, Fredericks, Carroll, Fryers
Doubtful Dembélé (hamstring)
Injured Gallas (calf, 19 May), Kaboul (thigh, Aug), Sandro (knee, Aug)
Form guide DWDWDW
Disciplinary record Y53 R2
Leading scorer Bale 20
Stoke are unbeaten in their last four games against Tottenham, although three of those matches ended in draws.
All four previous Premier League matches between Stoke and Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium have finished with a 2-1 scoreline, with both sides recording two wins each.
The Potters have claimed seven points from a possible nine, having taken only one point from the previous 21 available.
Stoke have drawn 14 Premier League games this season, a tally only Everton (15) can beat.
They have scored 11 Premier League goals since the turn of the year, the joint-lowest figure in the top flight (along with Norwich).
Tottenham have only lost two of their last 20 Premier League games (W11, D7, L2).
Spurs have drawn 2-2 in five of their last seven league and cup games. They scored the opening goal in each of those draws.
According to statisticians Opta, Tottenham have scored more goals from outside the penalty area (14) than any other Premier League team this season.
Both of Andre Villas-Boas’ previous Premier League matches against Stoke have ended 0-0.
Spurs have won nine away games this season, and can reach double figures in a Premier League season for the first time.