Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has labelled their game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as “most difficult” as they look to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League.
The Potters came back from a goal down to beat Swansea City last weekend, and they will be looking to pick up another victory when they travel to Wembley.
“It’s an important game for us. We want to get some points on the back of a good performance and result last time out, so back to back results would be great.” Hughes said.
Hughes’ side hasn’t had the best record away from home against Tottenham, only picking up one win in seven games, with the last three meetings between the two sides ending in 4-0 defeats.
“It was always the most difficult game we felt going up against Tottenham. If you take away Man City, who have gone up two or three levels this year, if you look at all the other top teams, for the most part, we’ve have always done okay against them,” said Hughes.
“We are aware of our past record against them (Tottenham), so it’s about time it changed.”
Tottenham have only picked up three wins in their seven games at home this season, and Hughes claims that the change of stadium, from White Hart Lane to Wembley, has had an effect on them on the field.
“It’s different for them. The perception is that they haven’t done too well at Wembley. The new stadium seems to be having an effect on them.
“They are a good side at the moment, but they seem to struggle to break teams down, and they are not possibly as free flowing as they have been in the past in certain games,” Hughes added.
“But they beat Real Madrid 3-1 not too long ago, so they haven’t done too bad at the stadium.”
Hughes also said that Saido Berahino needs to be ready to make a bigger impact.
“For the majority of the season, we played in a certain way and formation and that hasn’t helped Saido.
“The way we set up isn’t quite the best formation to allow Saido to perform at the level we know he is capable of.”
Stoke will have Geoff Cameron back after a month out with concussion.
“He’s been training for a full week now, and he should be available,” said Hughes
However, Bruno Martins Indi will be out for up to eight weeks, following the groin injury he picked up last weekend against Swansea.
“Bruno, as we feared unfortunately, he’s likely to be out for quite some time, probably in the worst case, about eight weeks. But hopefully he can be back sooner than that.”