Get ready to fire up the Chaz and Dave, Spurs fans, because Spurs are just 90+minutes away from a trip to Wembley Stadium. Tottenham take a 1-0 first leg lead into a rematch with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, and don't expect either team to sit deep and defend.
The winner? Well, they get Chelsea at Wembley, but let's not think about that quite yet. First, Spurs have to take care of business against the Blades, who are an overachieving (but legitimate) team in League One. They're the Dread Pirate Roberts of the Capital One Cup, and despite the difference in stature between these two clubs, they're "no one to be trifled with." (Get used to disappointment.)
BTW, if things go pear-shaped here, you can also always flip over to the USA v. Chile international friendly, which starts at 6:00 p.m. ET. DeAndre Yedlin is probably going to start that one.
Our prediction about a strong Spurs lineup was born out here, though there are a couple of moderate surprises. Michel Vorm gets the nod between the sticks for Spurs, and Eric Dier gets the surprise start alongside Jan Vertonghen in central defense, who apparently is also the back-up captain! Mousa Dembele also gets a start in the hole, which is interesting. Erik Lamela also returns to the side. Oh, and there's that Harry Kane guy.
This is a strong lineup. Poche wants to win. So do we. So let's win.
Date / Time: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 19:45 GMT; 2:45 p.m. EST
Venue: Bramall Lane, Sheffield
TV/Streaming info: If you're in England, you bet this will be prominently televised. Sky Sports 1 will carry this match in the UK. It's not on TV in America, but you can watch it streamed through beIN SPORTS CONNECT, assuming you have the right cable package. Australian viewers can catch the match on beIN Sports Australia. I'm told Canadian viewers can watch a replay of the match on beIN at 10:00 p.m. If you're in Belarus, try Setanta Sports Eurasia. Or find the television coverage in your country.
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