Ahhh, the Mickey Mouse Cup. Isn't it glorious? Happy Spursday everyone, and welcome to your live match thread for the 2011-12 Carling Cup Third Round match between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur. Unsurprisingly, Harry Redknapp has picked a starting XI that features a couple of first team regulars, but is for the most part a second team. Stoke has done the same, though they're closer to fielding their first team than we are. Gio, Sandro and Carroll start (yay!) but so does Pav (boo!). Here are the lineups.
Stoke City lineup (4-4-2): Sorensen; Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilson; Pennant, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington; Jerome, Jones
Tottenham Hotspur lineup (4-4-1-1): Gomes; Corluka, Kaboul, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Carroll, Sandro, Livermore, Giovani; Van der Vaart; Pavlyuchenko
Andros Townsend, Iago Falque Silva and 'Hurricane' Harry Kane are available on the bench. So are Massimo Luongo and Christian Ceballos. I'm not kidding.
This game is available F--KING NOWHERE so if you manage to find alternative means I'm not going to say ish. Kickoff is at 7:45 pm local, 2:45 pm ET from the Brittania Stadium.