After suffering a similar stuttering start last season, Spurs have repeated their sluggish opening to this campaign with one win from their first three Premier League games. Things haven’t been clicking for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and the Argentinian boss knows that his boys were lucky to escape with a draw in a clash with Liverpool before the international break.
Harry Kane isn’t firing but now that August is behind him perhaps he can shake off his own poor personal record when it comes to the early stages of a campaign. Moussa Sissoko was brought in on a surprise £30 million deal on deadline day, leading many people to label it a panic buy. He could make his first start for the club at Stoke on Saturday afternoon.
Stoke are without a win so far and have only picked up one point, putting Mark Hughes under pressure to get something from this game. The arrival of Wilfried Bony from Manchester City on a season-long will boost his side’s firepower. If they can keep goals out at the other end then they might be able to prolong Tottenham’s frustrating start to 2016/17.