Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City could not have had more different openings to their 2013-14 Barclay's Premier League season. Tottenham played a newly-promoted Crystal Palace side and, while they struggled at times, they still managed to win 1-0. The Swans, meanwhile, opened against last seasons champions, Manchester United, who thumped them 4-1.
Both teams played and won convincingly in the Europa League on Thursday. There may be some questions about a continental hangover, especially for Spurs who played the first leg of their tie away in Georgia. Both managers will look to overcome that. Here's how the teams will line up:
Here's our team - Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; Capoue, Dembele, Paulinho; Townsend, Soldado, Chadli. #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2013
And here are our substitutes today - Friedel, Kaboul, Naughton, Carroll, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Defoe. #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 25, 2013
For Spurs, Etienne Capoue and Andros Townsend find themselves in the starting XI after very strong performances against Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who hasn't exactly impressed in the first two matches, finds himself on the bench.
SWANS: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams (c), Davies, Canas, de Guzman, Shelvey, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu. #TOTvSWA— Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) August 25, 2013
SWANS SUBS: Tremmel, Amat, Richards, Britton, Pozuelo, Lamah, Bony. #TOTvSWA— Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) August 25, 2013
No Wilfried Bony in the Swans starting XI, but expect the new signing to come off the bench at some point for the Welsh club.
The match kicks off at 4:00 PM local time (11:00 PM ET) from White Hart Lane. For viewers in the US, the game can be seen on NBC Sports Network. In Canada, you can catch the game of Sportsnet World. I haven't been able to figure out where or if it's on TV in the UK.