It's been a while since Tottenham Hotspur last played a match, and that last fixture, a 1-0 loss at home to Newcastle United, left many players and fans with a sour taste in their mouth. Today, Spurs have an opportunity to right that wrong and get back on the front foot with a victory over Manchester City. Unfortunately for Spurs, their hosts will be looking to also right their ship, following a loss at Sunderland before the break.
Both City and Spurs are a bit off the pace from where many expected them to be. Spurs problems in fron of goal have been well documented and City's struggles away from the Etihad have received a similar amount of scrutiny. Both teams will be looking to change things around and announce their intentions coming into the busiest time of year.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre-Villas-Boas sends out the following team:
Team v City - Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Kaboul, Vertonghen; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Holtby, Lamela; Soldado. #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 24, 2013
Our subs v City - Friedel, Chiriches, Dembele, Townsend, Sigurdsson, Adebayor, Defoe. #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 24, 2013
Quite a few surprises here. First, Younes Kaboul finds himself in the starting lineup and Andros Townsend finds himself on the bench. Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon are out wide and, unsurprisingly, Lewis Holtby starts in the middle. On the bench there aren't many midfield options, but there are two strikers in Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe.
City are without a number of key contributors and the send out the following squad.
As expected, City don't have Vincent Kompany or David Silva, but they still have Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero. They'll probably be fine.
The match kicks off at 1:30 local time (8:30 ET) from the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The match can be seen live on TV in the UK on Sky Sports 1, on NBC Sports Network in the US, and on Fox Sports 1 in Australia. As always, please do not link to alternative viewing means in the comments and follow all the other community rules. Come on you Spurs!