Happy Spursday, Spursland! It's derby day and I'm terrified. Tottenham Hotspur are hosting Arsenal in the Premier League, and I think Tim Sherwood's team selection looks perfectly sensible. That's not to say that it will look good in practice, but I get what he's going for and it's totally fine. Here it be.
Our team today: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Sandro; Townsend, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor. #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 16, 2014
And our subs this afternoon: Friedel, Walker, Lennon, Paulinho, Sigurdsson, Kane, Soldado.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 16, 2014
#Arsenal team to play Spurs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Cazorla, Giroud— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 16, 2014
I'm a bit surprised that Emmanuel Adebayor starts despite his nagging injury issue, but I assume he was thoroughly assessed by the medical staff. I also like that the team has explicitly listed Sandro as a DM, but we'll see how that goes. As for Arsenal, they've listed Rosicky as a central midfielder and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the attacking band, but I expect the opposite.
Kickoff is at 4 pm local time, 12 pm ET. You can catch the game on Sky Sports 1 in the UK, NBC Sports Network in the US and Sportsnet World in Canada.