Happy Spursday, Spursland. Today, Tottenham Hotspur take on West Ham United in a London Derby. Of course, this is not 'THE' London Derby, that comes on Sunday. Spurs have a chance to jump up into third place with a win tonight, thanks to Rafa Benitez and his merry band of derptastic derpers.
Reminder: Off-topic discussion is cool before the game and at halftime. In fact, it's encouraged, but try to keep on topic during the game. If you arrive late, Shift + A will mark all comments as read. Z marks a comment as read and moves you to the next unread comment.
Here are the lineups.
#THFC team tonight: Lloris, Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen, Parker, Dembele, Lennon, Bale, Holtby & Adebayor #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 25, 2013
West Ham team - Jaaskelainen, Reid, Nolan, Jarvis, Carroll, O'Brien, Collins, Demel, Diame, J.Cole, O'Neil— West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) February 25, 2013
Johnny Verts at left back is interesting. Benoit Assou-Ekotto is on the bench, so this must be a tactical or fitness-related move, as opposed to one that has to do with an injury. Everything else is as expected. Kickoff is at 8 pm local, 3 pm ET. You can catch the game on Sky Sports 1/Sky Go in the UK and ESPN2/Watch ESPN in the States.