Tottenham Hotspur have a home match against Hull City, who are languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League! No sweat, right? Wrong. The problem with playing relegation-threatened teams at the end of the season is that suddenly those same teams that will blissfully roll over for you in November suddenly remember that they have to actually get points to stay in the division. Hull may need to beat both Spurs and United in their last two matches to ensure safety, so Spurs should expect a gut-punch attempt from the Tigers.
For Spurs, their season is practically over. Champions League dreams are shattered. Europa? Still in play, despite last week's horror show match against Stoke, and the cause was helped by Southampton and Liverpool also dropping points. Depending on who you ask, Spurs should either be super motivated to lock down that Europa League spot, or completely apathetic and ready for the season to end. Oh, and there's the #narrative: the club will face off against a Hull City side that features former Hotspurs Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore, and Michael Dawson.
So yeah, it'll be fun, I guess. Or something. Hold me.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. (UK) 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: White Hart Lane, London, England
TV: Not televised (UK), NBC Sports Premier League Extra Time / NBC Live Extra (USA)
Spurs get Danny Rose back from injury this week, but Vlad Chiriches is suspended after picking up two yellows at the Brittania, and Emmanuel Adebayor is out due to illness. Kyle Walker and Ben Davies are also both out for the season. For Hull, Nikica Jelavic is in the frame to start, but may not be fully fit. Mohamed Diame and Gaston Ramirez are both ruled out.
Projected Tottenham lineup
Team news is out from the mothership and Danny Rose is back and expected to start at left back. That's great news if you're a fan of left backs who are actually left backs. Vlad Chiriches' suspension means that there's one less potential right back in the queue, but if you think that means we're likely to see DeAndre Yedlin start, there's a high probability you'll be disappointed. I bet we will see Yedlin on the bench, though, and possibly might even make a late substitute appearance. Likewise, there's no real evidence that we're going to see anything different in the rest of the starting 11. Some have called for Brad Friedel to start in goal so that he can set the record for oldest starting player in EPL history, and others have called for a shake-up in the lineup in the last home game of the season. I say: Lads, it's Pochettino.