It's match day! Tottenham Hotspur are in the Principality of Monaco to take on AS Monaco in Group J action in the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League. This match marks Spurs' first foray outside the cozy confines of White Hart Lane in over two weeks, and the first away match of their Europa campaign.
Monaco has been scary in the past when their owner decided to throw gobs of money at them. But they're less so these days: Monaco are currently ninth in the Ligue 1 table with 12 points from eight matches and despite some notable names like Stephan al Shaarawy, Ricardo Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, and Lacina Traore, they're no longer regarded with fear and trepidation as in years past.
But Spurs have brought a strong squad of their own to the principality, and while everyone expects some rotation it wouldn't surprise most observers to see a few first team league starters to get minutes, especially if they get off to a slow start. Harry Kane is expected to start on the bench today, but players such as Clinton N'Jie, Kieran Trippier, and Andros Townsend should be given opportunities to shine.
That said, one does not simply walk into Monaco. Spurs will almost certainly need to bring their A-game to get a win against Leonardo Jardim's men. But if they can get a win in Monaco, that sets them up very well for the rest of the group stage and takes care of one of the trickier fixtures in this part of the Europa League.
#THFC team: Lloris (c), Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Alli, Dier; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane. #COYS pic.twitter.com/G2U6A82jP6— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 1, 2015
#THFC subs: Vorm, Fazio, Wimmer, Carroll, Clinton, Townsend, Winks #COYS— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 1, 2015
H-1 : LINE UP ! #ASMTOT 1-Subasic 2-Fabinho 4-Coentrão 6-Carvalho 24-Raggi 28-Toulalan 8-Moutinho 23-A.Traoré 10-Silva 27-Lemar 19-L.Traoré— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 1, 2015
Subs : Nardi, Wallace, Dirar, Bakayoko, Pasalic, Carrillo, El Shaarawy #ASMTOT— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) October 1, 2015
How to Watch
Date/time: Thursday, October 1, 7:00 p.m. (Monaco), 6:00 p.m. (UK), 1:00 p.m. ET (USA)
Venue: Stade Louis II, Fontvieille, Monaco
Official: Artur Dias (Portugal)
TV: Fox Sports 1 (USA), BT Sport Europe (UK), beIN Sports Canada (Canada), beIN Sports Australia (Australia), other listings at livesoccertv.com
Streaming: ESPN3 (USA, Spanish language), Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer2Go (USA), BT Sport Live Streaming (UK)
Radio: Audio streamed at tottenhamhotspur.com, also BBC Radio London and TalkSport
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