Tottenham Hotspur find themselves with a golden and unexpected opportunity to close ground in the Barclays Premier League title race when they face Stoke City in a Monday Night Football match that will stream live as Spurs look to move to a mere five points behind league-leading Leicester City with what would then be four games left for both teams.
Leicester, who appeared unstoppable on their quest to what would easily be the most surprising and unlikely title in the Premier league era, were held to a 2-2 draw on Sunday at home against sixth-place West Ham United.
The draw came about in part due to some questionable decisions by Referee Jonathan Moss, who handed Leicester star Jamie Vardy a second yellow, sending Vardy off for an alleged dive early on in the second half. And then, with just six minutes to play and 10-man Leicester holding on to a 2-1 lead, Moss awarded West Ham a penalty that was easily converted by Andy Carroll, causing Leicester to drop two precious points.
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The draw left Spurs, who play in the lone Barclays Premier League Monday fixture this week, just eight points off the top — and able to close to five if they can get a road victory against a Stoke side that features their own former striker Peter Crouch — who was a mainstay of the team in Spurs’ last Champions League season in 2010-20111.
Crouch confessed a soft spot for his former club but said that sentiment would not interfere with his or his club’s mission to end their season on a high note. Stoke still have an outside chance to qualify for next season’s UEFA Europa League, sitting nine points behind Manchester United in the fifth-place spot.
“I would love to see Tottenham win the Premier League. It’s a great club that has probably underachieved in recent seasons and I think for them go on and win it would be incredible,” Crouch said earlier in the week.
“The most important thing for us is not to worry about anybody else’s season and concentrate on cementing ourselves in the top 10 and finishing as high as we can in the table. If in turn that compromises Tottenham’s challenge for the title then so be it. My main priority right now is to help Stoke end the season well.”
Watch acclaimed Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino discuss his side’s match against Stoke City at a weekend press conference in the video below.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur match, see the streaming information in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff for the Barclays Premier League Monday Night Football match is scheduled for 8 p.m. British Summer Time at Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on April 18.
For fans in the United States, that start time will be 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific.
Spurs will be relieved that superstar England striker Harry Kane appears fit after suffering a dead leg for most of the week in training. Kane suffered the kick in the leg during the Tottenham Hotspur victory over Manchester United last Sunday.
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To watch a live stream of the 83rd clash between Tottenham Hotspur, now in second place in the Barclays Premier League, against Stoke City, in ninth place, from the Stoke City home of Brittania Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England, use the live stream provided by NBC Sports Live Extra at this link, or download the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the match on mobile devices. A list of possible alternatives for streaming the Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur match can be accessed at this link. A live radio broadcast stream of Stoke City vs. Tottenham Hotspur can be heard via the Westwood One network online at this link or on mobile devices using the TuneIn Radio app.
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