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Stoke City hope Tottenham Hotspurs' visit to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday will be one for the record books.

A win would be their fifth on the bounce at home, a feat they have never previously achieved in the Premier League era.

Victory over the London side would also propel the Potters to 47 points, equaling their best haul in a Premier League campaign, and with two games still to play.

It will be no easy task for Stoke (11-11-13) who are winless in four against Saturday's opponents, losing twice and drawing twice.

Peter Crouch knows exactly what to expect from Spurs having started his career their and spent two further years at White Hart Lane before signing on at Stoke in 2011

"Having played for Tottenham they will come here and look to play on the front foot and impose themselves on the game - they will want the three points for sure," Crouch told club's official website.

"But, that said, with our good home record and the fact that we have performed well against the big side's at the Britannia Stadium this season, I am confident of being able to get the result we are hoping for."

Crouch has failed to score in any of the six matches he's played against Tottenham since leaving for Stoke but will put personal pride aside in a the bid to fire the Potters into the top half of the table.

"I always look forward to playing against them, but the only priority for me is to help the lads get the right result for ourselves and maintain the good run of form we have shown recently," he added.

With Manchester City all but securing a Champions League berth for next season, their Europa League spot for winning the League Cup is now up for grabs for whoever finishes sixth.

Right now that belongs to Tottenham (19-6-10) and their focus is on holding off the challenge of Manchester United. The reigning champions lurk six points behind Spurs in seventh place with a game in hand.

In the injury enforced absence of more experienced defenders Jan Vertonghen, Michael Dawson,and Kyle Walker, Zeki Fryers has provided cover.

The young defender expects a tough test for the Europa hopefuls at the Britannia even though Spurs have won on three of their last four trips there.

"Now we go to Stoke, who are a good side," Fryers told his club's official website. "They're a strong team and I know from watching other clubs go there that it's difficult to win there.

"They make it hard for opposing teams so we've got a big challenge at the weekend and we're looking forward to it."

Tottenham have doubts over Walker (groin), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Erik Lamela (back), while Stoke are likely to be missing Robert Huth (knee) and Matthew Etherington (back).

Spurs ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Stoke in late December thanks to a Roberto Soldado penalty and goals from Moussa Dembele and Aaron Lennon.

Stoke have scored a league low two headed goals this season, both from Crouch. Meanwhile, no team has conceded fewer headed goals this season than Spurs (1).

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