Guys! Hey guys! Guys! Guys! Tottenham Hotspur is playing tonight, for realsies! The lads head to Swindon Town for the first friendly of the pre-season, and a warm-up match before Spurs jet off to Hong Kong for their preseason Barclay's Asia Trophy matches against Manchester City, Sunderland, and South China FC.
So what do I know about Swindon Town? Not much. They're a League One outfit, and they finished sixth place, just missing out on the L1 playoffs last season. Their club nickname is "The Robins." They're located in the south of England, between Bristol and London. We've also sent a few players there on loan, including Massimo Luongo, Grant Hall, and Alex Pritchard, and we've sold Nathan Byrne and Jack Barthram to them recently as well. Oh, and they just fired their head coach, who had strong Tottenham ties.
Stefan Freud expects that a number of Spurs players will get at least 60 minutes of playing time to build up fitness ahead of the Asia Trophy next week. We'll probably see a lot of Spurs players coming in and out, because that's what they do in preseason friendlies. Paulinho is not yet with the team, and there's probably a couple other players that won't yet feature. But I'd expect we'd get at least a solid half out of Younes Kaboul and Sandro as they complete their rehabilitation from injury. Nevertheless, I don't expect that we'll be able to draw a whole lot of conclusions from this match.
Don't expect this match to be on TV anywhere. At least, I haven't found anything about it being televised. @spursofficial will probably live-tweet the match this afternoon and we'll have to draw all sorts of conclusions based on 140 characters. Regardless, no links to streams if one exists, though if there's a radio link or we get lineup information I'll update this post.
But who cares, you guys! It's football! Real Tottenham football with real players and stuff! Woooooooooo!!
Swindon Town v. Tottenham Hotspur
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. in ENGERLAND (2 pm EDT)
RADIO LINK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcwiltshire
The kit is packed up for the first time this pre-season for today's trip to @Official_STFC. #THFC pic.twitter.com/atd7Uvj55m— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 16, 2013
EDIT: The starting lineup is out! Here's the first XI for the match:
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Stewart, Naughton; Bentaleb, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson; Bale, Ceballos, Defoe
Swindon Town: Rootbeer; Rootbeer, Rootbeer, Rootbeer, Rootbeer; Rootbeer, Rootbeer; Rootbeer, Rootbeer, Rootbeer; Rootbeer.
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