Harry Redknapp wants Man City-Stoke match date change

Tottenham want Manchester City's rearranged league match against Stoke brought forward by the Premier League.

The game was set for 14 May but with the pair meeting in the FA Cup final that day, it has been moved to 17 May.

A Stoke win or draw would help Spurs in their battle with Manchester City to qualify for the Champions League through their top-flight position.

But the Potters will qualify for Europe as FA Cup runners-up if Manchester City finish in the top four.

"I'm sure [Stoke manager] Tony Pulis would not want to lose any game but I think there is a problem with it," said Spurs boss Harry Redknapp.

"It is a bad time to play the game. No-one would say that Stoke would go there [Eastlands] and not try to win but I just think the whole thing would be surrounded by people looking at it and thinking what went on if they do get beat.

"It would be easier if it was played at a different time, for sure. The Premier League should look at it.

"I spoke to the chairman [on Monday] and we feel that date should be changed. It's out of my hands and it's up to the powers that be."

City are currently fourth in the league, one place and three points ahead of Spurs, though they have played a game more than the London club.

Tottenham have seven Premier League games remaining this season, starting with Wednesday night's clash against north London rivals Arsenal.

Redknapp's side also have a trip to Eastlands to face Manchester City on 10 May as well as games against close rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.