Stoke striker Peter Crouch backing Tottenham for the title

Stoke City's Peter Crouch played for Spurs between 2009 and '11, but will be pulling no punches when they go head-to-head at the Britannia Stadium on Monday
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Phil Medlicott

STOKE striker Peter Crouch would love to see his former club Tottenham win the Barclays Premier League - but is ready to put a major dent in their title bid.

The Potters host Spurs on Monday night, with the north Londoners needing a win to keep their hopes of reeling in league leaders Leicester alive. Crouch, at Tottenham for two seasons before joining Stoke in 2011, admits he hopes the London outfit can catch the Foxes, who are eight points clear having played a game more, and finish the campaign as champions.

But the 35-year-old has also stressed that his priority is his current side, who are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at another of his former clubs Liverpool last weekend - a match in which he made his first start since February 2.

Crouch said: "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. Obviously, it would be incredible if Leicester were to do it too for so many reasons, but for me, having spent a good period of my career at White Hart Lane, I would like Spurs to nick it.

"First and foremost though we have to try and get the three points to get ourselves back on track following our defeat at Liverpool. 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."

Ninth-placed Stoke are hopeful of having midfielder Glenn Whelan (back) and forward Marko Arnautovic (knee) back available for Monday's contest, but defender Marc Muniesa is a doubt.

Muniesa, who would be the most obvious replacement at left-back for the suspended Erik Pieters, will be assessed ahead of the game having suffered a knock in training.

Captain Ryan Shawcross is expected to be fit to keep his place after the defender made his return from a back problem in the defeat at Liverpool, while it remains to be seen if goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard is retained or dropped, with Shay Given ready to step in.


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