Two former Blackburn players are in the opposing dugouts for the game between Tottenham and Stoke, although they were not there at the same time. In fact the Stoke City manager was with Manchester United chasing Tim Sherwood and Blackburn to the Premiership title in the early to mid 1990s.
Currently there are ten points between the two, but both are on the slide and will try to redress the balance before the New Year comes and they go to their respective chairmen for more money.
Tottenham may have the bigger task as far as that particular regard with the amount of money spent in the summer. That said the injury list currently at White Hart Lane is so long it is quicker to ask who is available rather than who isn’t. Jermaine Defoe, Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon will face late fitness tests which could boost Tim Sherwood’s options for this vital game.
Stoke, on the other hand, will be without Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson who are suspended after both picked up red cards in the previous game away to Newcastle. Asmir Begovic, Matthew Etherington and Robert Huth are also out due to injury.
For different reasons both sides will be desperate for the win in this game, although a tied game would probably suit Stoke City more under the circumstances. A defeat for the visitors could see them plummet down the league depending of other results and really put the pressure on Mark Hughes. For Tim Sherwood a defeat would signal another game at home against a side Tottenham should be beat that they failed to come through against.
Jason Bardwell is a Soccer writer for Rant Sport. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy or on www.facebook.com/jasonbardwell1979.