Do you guys remember our first Europa League match against PAOK in Thessilonki? I don't. I don't remember it at all. All I remember is that we got a 0-0 draw, the game was boring, and we played our kids. We were satisfied with the kids getting a 0-0 draw on the road. That was the game. Tottenham Hotspur play PAOK Salonika again on Wednesday at White Hart Lane, and I cannot tell you anything about them.
I was happy to give you guys a 1000 word rundown on Rubin Kazan for a variety of reasons. I find them interesting, I've seen them play, they play in a very good league, and information on them is easily available. I cannot say any of these things about PAOK. Additionally, there are Carling Cup games today, as well as Napoli-Juventus and Barcelona-Rayo. And I worked a shift at dot-com. Researching PAOK? Please.
So, real quick. I can't find any information on their last league match. In their league match against Panetolikos, which they won 3-0 on November 11, they played a 4-3-3 with one holding midfielder. In their 3-1 road win against Shamrock Rovers in their last Europa League match, they also played 4-3-3 but played with two defensive midfielders in a 3-1 win. I'm going to guess that they will do the latter against us. So, expect a 4-3-3 (or 4-2-1-3) with two defensive midfielders.
I don't expect much in the way of first-team players playing in this game, but it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. We play Bolton Wanderers on the weekend, and as everyone knows, they are crap. Once a top-half team, Bolton have lost Stuart Holden and Lee Chung-Yong to long-term injuries. It has made them awful. We should beat them no matter what, unless we totally shoot ourselves in the foot.
Having said that, we still won't play first team players in this game, or at least more than 3-4 of them. With Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovani dos Santos injured, Jermain Defoe will have to start. Hurricane Harry Kane could get some action as well. Tom Carroll and Jake Livermore will need to be key players. Sandro, Steven Pienaar, Vedran Corluka, Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto could possibly get run-outs. The former three are likely to play, the latter two not so much.
This game is actually widely available on television. Kickoff is on Wednesday at 3:00 pm ET, 8:00 pm local time from White Hart Lane. You can catch the game on GolTV in the USA, Channel Five in the UK, EuroSport World in Canada. It's also on SuperSport in Africa and ESPN in Brazil, just in case we have any African or Brazilian readers. COYS.